Release Date: Feb 15, 2011
Record label: Thrill Jockey
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Sweden’s The Skull Defekts have been chasing the ultimate drone for a few years, resulting in some of the most cacophonous, blistering CD-R and limited-run LPs you’re ever likely to come across. Peer Amid is a fierce, hypnotic slice of rage and cosmic searching abetted by new cohort and vocalist Daniel Higgs of Lungfish. It’s Higgs who narrates these cyclical, lengthy tracks and creates something akin to Black Flag by way of Amon Düül II.
Tell Lungfish fans that former frontman Daniel Higgs has made a new record with a rock band, and their first question will be, "Does it sound like Lungfish?" So, for those easily distracted by dreams of that group's reemergence, let's get this out of the way-- Peer Amid doesn't sound a whole lot like Lungfish. But it does sound like Skull Defekts. The Swedish group has quietly hammered out noisy rock and sharp post-punk since 2005.
Around four minutes into first and title track of Peer Amid, I began to wonder why it hadn’t finished yet. The song is bread-and-butter garage rock, with a one-note bass riff and a simple 4/4 beat - not bad foundations for a three-minute blast, perhaps. To my surprise, there were still five minutes left: surely some kind of epic twist is coming, I thought.