AFCGT – AFCGT

January 01, 1970

 

(Sub
Pop)

 

www.subpop.com

 

The
closest thing to an AFCGT bio offered by Sub Pop states that the band
consists
of five people (three guitars, bass, drums) and that their initials
might be
“convenient vernacular for ‘A Frames’ and ‘Climax Golden Twins.'” Even
the
latter might be the work of a bemused publicist, although for the
record, AFCGT
comprises A Frames members Min Yee (bass) and Erin Sullivan (guitar),
Climax
Golden Twins’ Robert Millis (guitar) and Jeffrey Taylor (guitar), plus
drummer
Thommy Northcut.

 

The
detuned, garbled sounds on this album bring back memories of the equally
damaged art punk of Thinking Fellers Union 282, without the digression
into
standard songform or even vocals to break the mood. For ten
minutes, the band beats the snot out of two chords in “Two Legged
Dog.” This produces a dark and lovely hypnosis that never wavers,
through a tremolo guitar that
enters after three minutes and a sloppy version of a David Gilmour solo
that
supplants it and rides the song out into a climax of feedback and metal
static.
They don’t top that accomplishment, but they prove they can rock hard
and
bridge the gap between no wave abrasions and post-rock noodling on slide
guitars.

 

Although
it can be purchased for digital download, the physical version of
AFCGT’s Sub
Pop debut is only available on vinyl. That makes sense. Sounds like this
lose
something if you can’t watch the record spin to serve as a reminder
you’re not
dreaming.

 

Standout Tracks: “Two
Legged Dog,” “Reasonably Nautical.” MIKE SHANLEY

 

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