Published Nov 17, 2015Soupcans just keep getting harder and harder, and the more violence they throw around, the more delightful it is. It's been three years since they released Good Feelings, where they turned up the clarity of their lo-fi just enough to get across some more detail and layers in their fuzzy, frantic aggression.
Soft Party leaves a lot of the stoner-y psychedelic edge that they played with on that record behind in favour of something distinctly more hardcore punk. The guitar tone is still nice and thick, but there is a jagged energy now, a menacing quality that deliciously ratchets up the ugliness. "Nice Nife" moves from a swirling, stalking urgency to become completely unhinged; "Dish Pig" lays on a noisy beating. The drumming is especially excellent.
Doubters of their heaviness should be handily won over by the opening percussive blaze of "Murder Parade," so for anyone wishing that Soupcans were the kind of thing you could cut yourself on, this record might be just what you were hoping for. (Telephone Explosion)