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In a cybernetic bizarro universe, Baltimore’s Drew Owen, aka one-man garage punk band Sick Thoughts, teams up with NYC synth pop composer Don Seun for twenty minutes of teeth-gnarling lo-fi industrial punk as Cellulite.
Raw and snarling with hatred, Dust Wave transforms the guitar/bass/drums rock dynamic into a cyberpunk attack of pulsing electrics, throbbing static and tribal, robotic beats. Distortion reigns supreme as keyboard melodies morph into metallic attacks driven by hammering percussion loops, creating an industrial sound informed by early ’80s American hardcore, or, perhaps, the other way around. Oddly, the vocals recall the grim raspy fog of some more primitive black metal recordings. It’s like Men’s Recovery Project coming down off amphetamines after a night of listening to SPK, Skrew and Jay Reatard’s Terror Visions.
Out of sheer necessity, Cellulite push synth punk to its extremes and deliver something entirely unique in the process. Let’s hope this partnership lasts for a while.
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