Today, Memphis supergroup, Hash Redactor, have announced their debut album,  Drecksound coming April 26 on Goner Records alongside lead single “Good Sense“. Members might seed certain expectations. The band is fronted by guitarist Alec McIntyreof Ex-Cult, with NOTS rhythm warriors Meredith Lones on bass and Charlotte Watsonon drums, and rounded off by George Williford on second guitar. But their debut full-length dives into territory that feels distinctly untethered from their lineage and era.Drecksound is a clattering, shambolic oasis in the sleek digital desert of the late twenty-teens.


McIntyre and Williford‘s guitar interplay on Drecksound draws from some weird rundown of usual and unusual suspects in the tight corner of avant-punk guitar work, recalling some free-association that includes: Marquee MoonJohn Fahey gone electric, the playing on Ornette Coleman’s mid-70s Body Meta and Dancing In Your Head, prime-eraFlesheaters, and (why not) the first two Meat Puppets albums. Without anything resembling traditional leads, guitars snake in, out and around Lones‘s bass lines, which alternate between slinky earworm hooks and steel cable raw power.  All of this is locked in by Watson‘s characteristically visceral swing. It doesn’t feel controversial to claim that the duo of Watson and Lones constitutes one of the best rhythm sections to be heard anywhere in contemporary punk music.

Perhaps both because and in spite of the alienation that typifies the glut of rock music at the end of this god-damned decade, these twelve songs deliver a pointed social criticism, more cathartic than suffocating, while championing a nihilism that greets the abyss by laughing mockingly in its face. McIntyre‘s lyrics present a puckish fascination with humankind’s rake-stepping self destruction. He’s a merry prankster, but more in the mold of a jackbooted Monty Python character than a Ken Kesey acid casualty. Case in point: A-side epic In The Tank, where a vindictive custodian boils alive the wealthy patrons at the sensory-deprivation tank facility where he works.

Having played out heavy in 2018 with a refined live show, a four-song demo, and several Gonerfest appearances under their belt, Hash Redactor cut the record at home on a borrowed 8-track cassette machine. The deranged raw tracks were mixed into final form by Matt Qualls at Young Avenue Sound, and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering. Hash Redactor have confirmed performances at SXSW and will tour the States in summer. European dates to come in later in 2019. Stay tuned.

Hash Redactor


April 26, 2019

Goner Records

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1 –  Good Sense

2 – Step 2: Success

3 – Terri

4 – SMX20

5 – In The Tank

6 – Open Invite (To The Caves)

7 – Panic

8 – Down The Tubes

9 – Lotion Poet Laureate

10 – Bad Advice

11 – Fish

12 – Floral Pattern

Hash Redactor Live Dates: 

Mar 15: Austin, TX – Beerland – Goner Showcase

Mar 16: Dallas, TX – Club Dada

Mar 22: Memphis,TN – Lamplighter

Apr 26: Memphis, TN – B-side

May 16: Atlanta, GA – The Earl

May 17: Birmingham, AL – Mom’s Basement

May 18: Hattiesburg, MS – TBD

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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