Leather Towel ~ IV
The members of LEATHER TOWEL variously played and still play in Nun, Ooga Boogas, Ausmuteants, Exhaustion, Woollen Kits, Knife Fight and Hierophants. A veritable cavalcade of Weird Punk talent who got together to play hardcore but ended up as a clanging mess of a band travelling six ways at once, stumbling headlong in perfect cohesion at 200kmh.
At first blast, the AUSMUTEANTS instantly come to mind before anything else, and of course, that’s due to that very same band’s Jake “The Lover” Robertson’s brash and unhinged vocals & guitar interchange splattering his guts across the room. But this project has far more nuance and panache, as noted by the inclusion of cohorts from NUN, EXHAUSION and OOGA BOOGAS will attest, an attempted swipe at the hardcore template, yet thrown off-balance due to the amount of truck stop cheese whiz and vertigo oozing out of these unhinged scatterbombs.
It’s an evolved hardcore sound for the non-mysterious guy, and the post-punk side trips don’t hurt the effort one bit, further channeling the GORDONS-esque downstrokes and brackish, ugly rhythms which lead to an ultimate climax of irreversible malaise.