Thank You Terrible Two

Thank You Terrible Two
There’s a fundamental problem with many "experimental” or "noise” bands: too many use the genre as a license for laziness. Sure, unstructured songs are great but not when they end up incessantly jittering around in a familiar rut. Thank You’s Terrible Two sounds promising at first, with an intense focus on spastic rhythms and gritty, dissonant guitar spasms, but after getting a few songs deep, the band’s ambitions start to feel like the musical equivalent of dry-humping; it’s all a perpetual chafing, grinding tease with no hope or possibility of bliss or climax, unless you get off on raw, blistering repetition. Moments of relief are few and far between but the indulgence in freaky sonic urges is admirable, and at least some of the rhythms are inventive enough to ease the uncomfortable monotony. (Thrill Jockey)