The DC/Chicago/Louisville connection has been long–standing triangle of similar ideas, ethics and sounds, and Louisville, Kentuckyâs Young Widows keep that spirit alive. From the reverb–drenched inspiration of the Regulator Watts/Hoover family to the bass and drums lock–groove perfected by Shellac and the Jesus Lizard, Young Widows gladly wears influences on its sleeve (their song âGlad He Ate Herâ even gives a knowing wink to the Jesus Lizardâs âGladiatorâ). Of course, the inventive guitar work, a signature of guitarist/vocalist Evan Pattersonâs bands throughout his years in Breather Resist, Black Cross and The National Acrobat, is still intact and at its peak here. The rhythm section of bassist Nick Thieneman and drummer Geoff Paton (also both former members of Breather Resist) lays down syrup–thick grooves, recalling the best of the â90s output from the Northeast U.S. (think Melvins, Karp, and maybe even Nirvana), and at times even British post–punk, ala Gang Of Fourâ¦ But, hell, we donât want to go too farâ¦ Itâs basically solid, grooving, hypnotic, heavy noise–rockâ¦ The comparisons are for reference only. This is a new band, a new sound, a new idea: Young Widows.
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