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info opinion

Ho-ag / Laughing Light

Split 7"

Mister Records

Genres: noise rock, indie rock, experimental rock

Mister Records
199 South Street #5
Jamaica Plain, MA

July 25 - 31 2005

This split-7" poses two Boston-based noisy indie rock / punk acts against one another in a supreme battle of vinyl dominance.  In the end, they both fare pretty well.  Ho-ag kicks things off with some noisy, occasionally sludgy noise rock - I'm reminded of Lungfish, but there's more of a lo-finess and experimentation coming across here.  If you like getting beaten over the head with heavy guitar riffs, deep vocals, and mind-abusing Moog synths, Ho-ag have got everything you need.

Laughing Light is a more experimental act, evoking memories of Captain Beefheart and Mekons with their goofy, loosely melodic style.  The music is also heavily rhythmic, relying on malleable time signatures and often pulverizing drumbeats.  The highlight of LL's side is "Out of Fashion Again," a desperate slab of almost funky experimental rock.  Good fun.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]