The human brain is a very complex thing. Give it music that has a smooth flow and structure, chances are that it’ll wander off quite easily. On the other hand, when you introduce the mind to some unrelenting chaos, it stays focused and sharp. This behavior of the human mind thriving in presence of chaos was experienced by me while listening to the new split release between two Australian hardcore outfits that go by the names Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt and Jxckxlz. Now how could someone resist the temptation to listen to music by bands with names like these? I gave in to the temptation and I’m truly glad I did.
Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt
The first couple of songs on the split is by New South Wales based chaotic hardcore trio FGWMWS. Their affinity to chaos is immediately revealed in the opening track ‘Cicada / Grasshopper’ which is short aggressive burst of energy that grabs the listener by the face and forces their attention to the music.
The follow up, ‘Carpenter Ant’ is a seven minute long affair which comprises of riffs that sound all over the place and yet seem to flow together. As I mentioned before, it’s hard to lose attention with such chaotic and intriguing music playing. The song has ebbs and flows, where it’s bending the listener’s mind one minute before flowing into to calmer seas, causing the listener to let his guard down, only to grab his mind by force again.
Even with all the unpredictability, the music as a whole is an enjoyable affair comprising of hardcore riffs peppered with chaotic overtones.
Bringing up the second half of the record is Sydney based ‘dronepunk’ outfit Jxckxlz. I understand now, why the band chose to call themselves a dronepunk act. The music is exactly as you would imagine by that word. Hardcore with thick sludgey atmosphere and heavy doom overtones.
While their counterparts induced chaos with their unpredictable and crazy song writing, these guys take different approach in creating chaos. The music here enshrouds the listener in this atmosphere that sounds so thick and suffocating. The riffs that they add to this atmosphere only heightens the feeling of uneasiness. And yet, the music takes a choke-hold of the mind and holds it that way throughout the length of the songs.
The four track by this band are on par with the first two tracks of the previous band, in terms of song writing that takes unpredictable directions and heavy hardcore attitude.
One thing I can tell you for sure, is that this split is not meant for easy listening in any way. This is a mind bending experience that has very strong cathartic effect overall (no wonder it’s out on a label called Art as Catharsis!).