Release Date: Mar 1, 2011
Record label: God Mode
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
"These stupid kids, they like their old-time rhythms," sneers Adam Moerder on the opener. You mean, like, your band's? If so, kids ain't stupid. Heaving sludge-bass, brass-knuckled drumming, vocals possibly hollered from a bathroom stall over shrieking guitar noise and zip-gun hooks — this Brooklyn trio's debut is a vintage alt-rock orgy. Imagine Pavement at their butchest and Superchunk at their chunkiest, or just pick your favorite SST/Touch & Go/Amphetamine Reptile post-punk reference point (and don't forget the Jägermeister).
When you write music criticism, you're basically telling the world what you want and do not want to hear. No one has to listen to you, of course, but in the best case scenario you not only have the opportunity to make a case for or against a specific work, but you also send a message to the reader-- possibly a musician, if not the musician being critiqued-- about what qualities amount to good art. It's usually quite futile, but if you're lucky and persuasive, sometimes you can nudge the world just a little bit toward what you want.
The growling, sneering, sardonic, heavy rock music on Mr. Dream‘s Trash Hit is noted mostly for being an amalgamation of influences (Shellac/Big Black, Jesus Lizard, Nirvana at its wildest, but most notably the Pixies). There are moments on the record that evoke each influence so directly and succinctly that it’s impossible to not smile and shake your head.