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The Serfs - Half Eaten By Dogs - Raw Metal (Vinyl LP)

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Details: Raw Meat Color Vinyl. Anyone paying attention can see that Cincinnati, OH is a very real hotbed of musical creativity at the moment, and the three members of The Serfs - Dylan McCartney (vocals, percussion, guitar, bass, electronics), Dakota Carlyle (Electronics, bass, guitar, vocals) & Andie Luman (vocals, synths) - and their respective side projects (The Drin, Crime of Passing, Motorbike) are undeniably near the center of Cincinnati's neu-underground scene. After releasing albums on Berlin minimal-synth label Detriti & Seattle-based DREAM Records in 2018 & 2022 respectively, the band makes the move to Trouble In Mind for their third and best album yet. "Half Eaten By Dogs" puts a decidedly Midwestern spin on the modernist twitch of future-forward bands like Total Control or Cold Beat as well as the post-industrialist dance floor grime of Skinny Puppy, Dark Day, This Heat or Factrix."Half Eaten by Dogs" is a wide-eyed look through a scope into a desiccated and heathenish vision, where ice-encrusted synth harmonies command oozing chemical rhythms and drilled-out elemental rock formations. There's a psychedelic melancholy to it- in both the abstract lyrical sense, with doomed proclamations of natural and supernatural disasters, and the more tangible musical sense. It veers all over the map of tenebrous drum and synthesizer industries and stygian guitar implements, at times with a cautious paranoia and at times with tuneful defiance and exuberance (and in some moments harmonica, saxophone or flute). The album kicks off with the driving 'Order Imposing Sentence', a motorik rocker propelled by machine-driven rhythm & tarnished guitar riffing. 'Cheap Chrome's skeletal pulse drops in next, summoning the spirit of Cabaret Voltaire's synth heartbeat into a modern-day mirror reality. 'Suspension Bridge Collapse' is a shimmering track that calls to mind Suicide's oft-neglected second album, buoyed by what sounds like synthesized laser blasts (or perhaps suspension wires snapping?) before the siren-like guitar of 'Beat Me Down' kicks in - It's propulsive post-punk offering a sonic diversity under the same dark cloud. 'Spectral Analysis' is a late night drive down a lost highway, with a ghostly saxophone (by Eric Dietrich) guiding the doomed listener like the pied piper to their destiny. The flat-out sexy floor filler 'Club Deuce' kicks off side two, with it's low-end sizzle designed to make you move, slithering like a lurker at the threshold of the dance floor. 'Electric Like An Eel' follows, with it's "Brotherhood"-esque synth trills & harmonica punctuating the buzzing din. 'Ending Of The Stream' adds an unexpected natural warmth to the album, it's blanket of synthesized tones envelops like a loving embrace, while 'The Dice Man Will Become's triumphant melody comforts as it's Rother-like guitar volleys aims skyward. 'Mocking Laughter' closes out the album, it's waves of synthesis evoking flashes of an end credits sequence - an apropos ending to a truly cinematic album. "Half Eaten By Dogs" successfully coalesces everything that The Serfs have accomplished to date, but with greater intent and purpose than their preceding albums by a mile. There are songs to dance to, and songs to take in during a storm or while riding free through the roads of the world. It may be a step further down into the catacombs for the band, but if the principle of correspondence is correct, then they could be their way to somewhere higher."Half-Eaten By Dogs" is released on CD, black vinyl, limited "RAW MEAT" red/white swirl VINYL (while supplies last) and digitally via most streaming services on October 27th, 2023.

Tracklist:

  1. Order Imposing Sentence
  2. Cheap Chrome
  3. Suspension Bridge Collapse
  4. Beat Me Down
  5. Spectral Analysis
  6. Club Deuce
  7. Electric Like An Eel
  8. Ending of the Stream
  9. The Dice Man Will Become
  10. Mocking Laughter

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The Serfs - Half Eaten By Dogs - Raw Metal (Vinyl LP)

The Serfs - Half Eaten By Dogs - Raw Metal (Vinyl LP)

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