In Review: BARGAIN BIN LADIN – A PAPER WEIGHT AS A BRICK (INDEPENDENT RELEASE, 2014)

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A Paper Weight As A Brick is a release full of howling vitriol and squalls of muggy, bogged down fuzz as if the entire band is sinking into quicksand kicking and screaming.

Bargain Bin Laden dished out this dose of glorious slop just under a month ago and although I am just getting around to writing about it, I feel as if I’ve carried it around within me ever since I first heard it. Punishing, scathing and putrid, A Paper Weight as a Brick is a fantastic EP containing six songs of crooked and jarring punk.

Jimbo, Jez and Pez are the only given name for this Auckland, New Zealand trio. Apparently members have played in bands such as Rackets and The DHDFDs. Their e-mail said they dabbled in the surf genre – ha, fuckin’ nope. Bargain Bin Laden are deep inland away from the coast, dancing on the scrap heap of rock and roll and setting it alight with flammable bile. This is a release full of howling vitriol and squalls of muggy, bogged down fuzz as if the entire band is sinking into quicksand kicking and screaming.

I’m making A Paper Weight as a Brick sound like rotten refuse here, but it’s actually incredibly catchy for all of its abrasiveness. The bass and drum work propel the tracks like bodies in a mosh-pit, crashing into each other with fun and fury. I listen to this and I sweat from my scalp to my shins – I emanate heat trying to contain my desire to bounce around like an idiot.

Highlights for me are ‘Too Froth To Marinate’ (which actually slows the pace somewhat) and ‘Boner Cop’ which is the perfect track to exemplify Bargain Bin Laden’s prison-riot punk. I have no idea what is next for these guys but I am going to wear a neck-brace when I listen to A Paper Weight as a Brick from now own.

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