GOUGE AWAY

Burnt Sugar DEATHWISH INC Florid­ian hard­core-and-more debu­tants al­ready mak­ing waves

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums. Lives. Merch. - BRIONY ED­WARDS

Florida four-piece Gouge Away may well have lifted their name from a Pix­ies al­bum track, but that’s about as far as the sim­i­lar­i­ties go here. In­stead, their de­but al­bum com­bines thrash­ing hard­core with awk­ward, dis­so­nant gui­tars, throw­ing in shades of an­gu­lar post-hard­core, garage punk and shim­mer­ing shoegaze as it goes. With most tracks clock­ing in at un­der two min­utes, sin­gle Ghost and fi­nale Raw Blood of­fer brief respite from the break­neck pace with their neo-grunge fuzz. On their Deathwish de­but, plenty of la­bel alumni play their part in the al­bum’s cre­ation, in­clud­ing Deafheaven/ Oath­breaker en­gi­neer Jack Shirley and Touché Amoré’s Jeremy Bolm on pro­duc­tion du­ties. On the ev­i­dence of Burnt Sugar, Gouge Away are go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to the la­bel’s ros­ter. FOR FANS OF: SU­PER UNI­SON, BABES IN TOYLAND, Q AND NOT U

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