THE HOSPITALS : “I’VE VISITED THE ISLAND OF JOCKS AND JAZZ” CD….
A little over two years ago this duo “impressed”
(not always a positive term
) me as noise-for-noise’s-sake flailers who had some frenzied magic locked deep within, but who then buried it under two tons of meaningless feedback and distortion. And as a guy who loves feedback and distortion as a general rule, it really hurt to cut these fellas down a peg. But this new one from THE HOSPITALS
is a step in the right direction. “Jocks and Jazz”
is a bit of a mess, but at times they sound like they’re attempting to cut ribbons around some berserk HC-inspired noise squawker like HARRY PUSSY
’s “Fuckology” and mash it up with a plodding shambler like THE FALL
’s “Deer Park” or “Winter”. Not bad! You know who else they sound like? Seattle’s INTELLIGENCE
, that’s who, except The Intelligence lean far less heavily on wild echoes, uneven dirges and tape-manipulated cut-ups. The Hospitals aren’t exactly rockin’ – and make more sense on a label like Load
than on In The Red
, where they previously logged time – but there are moments where their sound just revs up, spreads out and roars
. I think I’ll go see ‘em next time they visit.