Growing All the Way

Kevin Doria and Joe DeNardo of Growing seem like the types of guys who’d use vice grips to pull out a nail. On their first full-length for the Social Registry, they’ve continued on a trajectory that has been carrying them away from the overstuffed field of drone/psychedelic behemoths. Where they’re headed is unsure but it appears to be concerned with turning guitars into tools for electronic dance music. Using a slightly lighter and more refined palate of manipulations from their mini-album Lateral, the duo have scrubbed the surface grime from their rapid tremolo oscillations, leaving six mid-length tracks of shimmering tonal refraction. The opening two pieces showcase patchwork polishes that resemble vintage analogue burbling but on "Rave Pie Only,” they harness the pulse into an explosive 4/4 squelch that early housetronauts would feel justified broadcasting into outer space. Next up, "Innit” corrals an over-firing Kraftwerk-ian synapse and lets it sizzle over a stuttering under-song. If this is an album to spawn a new subgenre in the lexicon, I suggest the term "doom disco.” (The Social Registry)