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Trash Knife / Dumb Vision - Split 7"

Kitschy Spirit (2018)

I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting when I first got this record in the mail from Kitschy Spirit. It didn't really look like the sort of thing I would be into. I kind of pegged for a noisy slab of hardcore that I would end up gritting my teeth through. While I would not go so far as to say I really like this all that much, I definitely misjudged the book due to it's cover.

Things start off with Trash Knife, a band that I actually think I might like a bit if they could sort out the recording and levels of everything. The music itself, is fast and powerful, reminding me of a treble heavy Royal Headache, but played at double speed. The vocals are what keep me from really enjoying it. They're buried so deep into the mix that you can barely hear them, and the parts that you can hear sound kind of strained. There's potential, but this particular batch of songs does them no real favors.

On the flip we have Dumb Vision. They're playing a kind of sloppy, garage tinged batch of Ramones-y songs. They're fast and moderately catchy, but again, the vocals are totally obscured by the guitar fuzz. They're mixed a little bit better that Trash Knife, so I can hear what's going on more, but it hurts what otherwise sounds like three pretty decent songs.

I'd be curious to hear more by both of these bands, but what they've churned out on this specific 7" isn't really for me.

Trash Knife / Dumb Vision - Split 7"
https://kitschyspirit.bandcamp.com/album/trash-knife-dumb-vision-split-ep