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Brick Mower

Brick Mower: My Hateable Face

My Hateable Face (2012)

Don Giovanni Records


Just a year removed from last full-length Under the Sink, Brick Mowerâ??s follow-up, My Hateable Face, is already ready for consumption. Here are more tasty Orgcore morsels for the faithful, another blast of catchy, kinda pop-punky tunes with a dash of grungy guitars. Itâ??s sloppy and fun, and would sit well with fans of Mean Jeans and Shellshag alike.

My Hateable Face opens strong with â??Touchdown Jesus,â? and never really lets up. While the tunes arenâ??t particularly fast, the band does get marginally shorter/louder/faster on occasion with sub-two-minute tracks like â??Cheap Gasolineâ? and â??New Steam.â? Otherwise, though, these tunes fall either just shy of or just over the three-minute mark, garage rock charm and all.

Straight up, itâ??s hard to hate on a record this agreeable. Granted, other bands can get sludgier, poppier, punkier, etc. But what makes Brick Mower such a no-brainer is the way the group effortlessly combines all those attributes. The band gets vaguely threatening lyrically (in a totally cool way; dig lines like â??Well itâ??s the right kind of moment / With the wrong kind of tourniquet,â? from â??Black Market Cigarettesâ?), but never veers off into so-dark-itâ??s-goofy territory. By any sane unit of measurement, My Hateable Face is a good record.

But itâ??s not a great one. Thatâ??s the downside to cultivating a jack of all trades approach; Brick Mower isnâ??t necessarily the kind of band to inspire fever dreams and tattoo tributes. Still, itâ??s a small quibble, really, because, again, My Hateable Face rocks the house. Pick this one up.