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Artist: White Load
Title: Wayne's World III b/w Godfather IV
Format: 12"
Label: Load Records
Distributor: Carrot Top Distribution
Rated: *****
White Load run the gamut from Black Flag to Big Black; Minor Threat to The Melvins - a event horizon of hardcore, condensed and delivered like a blow to the sternum. Listening to Wayne's World III b/w Godfather IV is like having a load of gravel poured down yr ear canal; it is like remembering a blackout. Twelve inches, twenty minutes, twenty-five songs, this manic outburst from this Providence, RI trio will push all the right buttons for those that prefer the original Iggy Pop mix of Raw Power, to those that like to listen to chopped & screwed Cypress Hill remixes. For those that like their rock dirty, drug-addled and rude, this will make yr summer.
The two sides of Wayne's World III & Godfather IV are interchangeable - the guitars churn along like a piranha tank at feeding time, the vocals gibber unintelligbly, there's hardly even a break between songs, just a frantic '1234' click of the sticks, White Load stick to the Ramone's school of Blitzkrieg bop, the songs so fast and blaring they border on grindcore but sounds like classic Punk Rock or Hardcore, catchy rhythm guitar, powerful pounding percussion, chanting vocals that sneer and snarl. The classic formulae are smeared with a viscous layer of fuzz, distant-sounding and captured in a hurry; it sounds like it was recorded live, and if that be the case, this band must be a force of nature in concert. Beneath the dirt and grit and don't-give-a fuck -sarcasm, though, you can tell this band clearly DOES give a fuck; beneath the oil-slick swims a very tight and focused musical leviathan - there's enough drum breaks, guitar fills, build-ups and breakdowns to show that this band has practiced A LOT, and that kind of dedication is what makes or breaks a recording, even of dirty garage punk.
Its refreshing to come across a slab of authentic, demented rock 'n roll with the murky production style making Wayne's World III b/w Godfather IV seem mysterious and intriguing, something to be re-visited and re-evaluated. It comes across like a legitimate lo-fi punk record from the mid '80s, the kind of thing you'd find at the flea market for .50 cents five years ago. It is unpretentious and the music speaks for itself, these 25 tracks become like a sugar dependency - once you've tasted a little, you'll keep coming back for more. This record makes me want to drive really, really fast - and possibly cook meat. It's a true work of art.



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