WORSE- Rubber Burner LP
New York City’s Worse have made an album of noisy rock’n’ roll songs that don’t shy away from being punk. Rubber Burner is heavy on pop sensibilities with guitars that blare through, sounding like classic ’90s bands Harvey Milk and Hammerhead. The slugging drawl of the instruments bleed into the two-singer vocals and what you’re left with is a puddle of punk rock goodness. Complicated arrangements enhance the band’s brute force and quick psychedelic dives, showing how compelling a two-minute, three-chord song can be. The band includes members of Nomos, Battletorn, Grids, and Syphilitic Lust and all three members played together in NYC’s unforgiving Shoxx. Rubber Burner can sound like Flipper and “Floyd the Barber”-era Nirvana at times, but also draws from The Cows or even The Butthole Surfers—all nine songs stand alone independent of each other.