This self-titled 10" (on Texas Is Funny Records) champions, as the band describes, "noisey, melodramatic pop songs," with a unique juxtaposition: Fragments that originally seem nonchalant or of the plug-and-play mentality at first listen are performed with real vigor, while den Hartigh's blistering guitar leads (reminiscent of Dinosaur Jr. or Meat Puppets, like on opening cut "Sleeping Call") are almost unassuming in their perfection. The band tackles three distinctly different auras so well in stand-out track "I Was Afraid of Dying" - first laying into ear-splitting noise, then charismatic alt-pop, and finally a hauntingly gorgeous, atmospheric hum before going back again - that one could see future releases of each genre spilling out Heat Dust without even the bat of an eye.
Things cool down a bit on the crawling, brooding "Let Them Give Up" and the thumping "Thick Distance," but not before injecting the former with some stellar vocal harmonies, and halting the latter with frantic, speedy grunge midway through. What's also nice about Heat Dust is that for three dudes, playing straight-up rock music, their sound isn't inherently cro-magnon. Both the buzzy "Priority Mail for an Asshole" - for which there is an entertaining video of the band playing basements, as well as doing push-ups and jogging - and "Dying" both harken back to The Breeders' best singles off of Last Splash, or even Yo La Tengo's messier moments. It's a refreshing change to swallow, from a band whose name insinuates you might not be able to.
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