Album #132: Stuck – Change is Bad

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Label: Born Yesterday
  • Best Track: Wrong Question

Looks like there was quite a lot I missed in April, including this soaring debut from an exciting Chicago post-punk band.

I’ve only had time to listen to Change Is Bad once all the way through, but in short, it’s right up my street. This is paranoid, urgent post-punk, bringing together the complexity and wonky time signatures of Fugazi (particularly on ‘Invisible Wall’) with the abrasive, off-key tones of Big Black.

I’ve picked out the awesome ‘Wrong Question’ as a favourite track, its riff reminding me of Minor Threat’s ‘Bottled Violence’, although I think it may grow to be the slow, menacing ‘Anniversary’, which broods and burns into this bone-splitting crescendo.

Half an hour very well spent indeed.

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