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Lozenge
Lozenge
Mishap
Sickroom


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "Bambam"

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Four transplanted Texans who now call the Windy City home, Lozenge are too unruly to be indie rock, too sensible to be grindcore and too damn good to be unjustly heaped into the overcrowded and underappreciated pigeonhole that is noisecore. Recorded live at two separate locations (Chicago's Empty Bottle and Prodigal Son), Mishap is a no-holds-barred sonic document of one of the most exhilarating and beguiling live spectacles known to man; Lozenge's world is one where beer-barrel polkas slam headlong into caterwauling prog-metal and improvisational jazz riffs. With the exception of the group's depraved cover of the Birthday Party's "Big Jesus Trash Can", compositional structure is all but nonexistent, eschewed for shifting time signatures and free form wailing. There's a punk rock sensibility at work throughout tracks like "El Bombo" and "Mr. Fancypants" that belies their jammier tendencies, yet makes their unpredictability all the more vicious. If complete chaos and unwavering abandon is your bag, then this is one violently loud Mishap that you shouldn't even bother trying to clean up.


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