December 28, 2013

LP: Nine of Swords - Nine of Swords

The punks are (not) writing love songs.

The first thing I noticed about Nine of Sword's self-titled debut is that the album art is "Judith Slaying Holofernes" by Gentileschi (shout out to those in my family who think majoring in Art History is pointless HA). I consider Judith to be one of the first feminist figures because she used her female cunning and infiltrated the camp of Holofernes, the Assyrian king, to behead him and save her city. The graphic painting is an appropriate choice because this album is chock full of powerful "I'm-not-going-to-take-your-bullshit" statements. And there is a track called "Judith."

Nine of Swords is a new supergroup from Purchase, New York. You've got Rachel Gordon screaming her heart out (in a very different project from Baby Mollusk), Chris Postlewaite (of Polaroids and Sail Hatin') on guitar, TJ Stevenson (also of Sail Hatin', Oxen, and Our Daily Fix) on drums, and Jack Tomascak (aka Upper Chief) on bass. The album begins with a foreboding clip from the movie D.O.A. before tearing into a vicious threat: "When I'm through with you, your pride will be nothing but scraps / scraps on the floor to be swept away / I'd rather swallow knives than be you for a day." These words begin a fifteen minute hardcore attack that gives little to no relief. Like Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, Rachel's screams reveal some pretty intense stuff in an honest manner: "In the eyes of the world, I am broken / but they're just sad about their own dumb lives / I may go sleepless and I may starve / but each day brings the promise of your demise." While they could have easily been drowned out, the heavy lyrics are only intensified by the energy of Chris, TJ, and Jack. I'm really glad that the lyrics are decipherable, especially because "I don't care about your stupid kegger / I'd rather eat snacks at my place" on "Number Five" needs to be on a shirt someday. These guys have already played with Perfect Pussy, and I'm so excited to see what they do in 2014. Feeling very good about this.

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Written by Quinn Moreland