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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Another side of Georges Bataille Battle Cry

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Georges Bataille Battle Cry, Atlanta's noisiest purveyors of no wave-tinged post-punk, just uploaded two new releases onto its Bandcamp, on the heels of their debut two-song cassette released in April.

Such Sweet and Hellish Moments of Desire is a surprising new direction for the band, stripping away all percussion and almost all vocals for a series of dark ambient transmissions that could resemble David Lynch's nightmares. As though the traditional GBBC songs were slowed down to a 100th of the frenetic tempo normally deployed by the band, tones and chords are smeared across the landscape littered with post apocalyptic visions and doom riffs. The audio is just as barbarous, but this is more for inward seething than public displays of harm and dancing.

"I'm A Man In Love and I've Got A Gun," the first track of the CD-r single, is a harrowing exercise in squalling feedback, pummeling monotony, and nightmarish screams in the night. John Hannah's verge-of-psychosis vocals resemble Ian Svenonius' Nation of Ulysses-era rantings while Aaron King, Jarred Orr, and Adrian Swinton give their best impersonation of the Bad Seeds or Jesus & Mary Chain after a week-long bender of amphetamines and noise. The screeching scourge of guitars and traumatic tones bleeds into the red on all fronts, from the blown-out amps to increasingly claustrophobic chorus-refrain that tightens with each appearance.


Georges Bataille Battle Cry, Hausu, and Crater play 529 Tues. June 25. $5. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave.

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