Fight Amp, Millions, American Draft, Neverender Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Nov. 8, 8 p.m. 2012

Fight Amp will probably always get compared to NYC noise-rock pioneers Unsane, whose thick, crushing sound has shaped the entire genre. And I doubt Fight Amp will ever have a problem with that. On their previous albums, Manners and Praise and Hungry for Nothing, the Jersey-born trio traverses the same terrain as its forefathers, combining sludgy guitar, even sludgier bass, menacing midtempo hardcore rhythms, and red-faced yelling. Fool-proof plan, if you ask me. That raging mix remains intact on the new Birth Control (Translation Loss)—if anything, new drummer Dan Smith makes it even more lethal—but the album also includes the band's most experimental and "introspective" moments thus far. Throughout the eight-song LP, front man Mike McGinnis sounds more aching than vitriolic (his voice reminds me a little of Baroness's John Baizley), and the final two minutes of the commanding "Should've Worn Black" are a chilling stumble of piano, rumbling bass, and found sounds—something I can't imagine the old Fight Amp doing. Birth Control is easily this underappreciated band's best to date. —Kevin Warwick Millions, American Draft, and Neverender open.

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