White Fang Pure Evil

White Fang Pure Evil
Portland indie label Marriage Records has been responsible for some amazing, albeit quiet, records from artists like Thanksgiving and the Poison Dart. Last year, the label released Yacht's breakthrough record, and suggested it might start dabbling in electronic music. With White Fang's debut, however, the label has gone in a completely direction. Titled Pure Evil, the record mixes muddy, lo-fi production (aided by Portland mainstay Adam Forkner) with raucous, angst-ridden punk songs perfect for a suburban basement show. From the fuzzy, pogo-worthy opener "Breakfast" through to the noisy "Gnar Shred," the band deliver a mixed bag of punk-fuelled indie rock songs that combine excellent ideas and fittingly dirty production without taking themselves too seriously. Aided by the odd horn part or unexpected shift, the songs manage to push the envelope without getting too heady. It all points to one fact: White Fang's Pure Evil is pure fun. (Marriage)