Songs About Children (LP)
Toxic State - 15 €
Debut 12" from this NYC punk band, and along with the recent 7" from Haram, it's proving that there's still plenty of vital punk happening in NYC. Mommy are definitely more on the avant-garde end of the Toxic State sound, their bass-drums-vocals setup being somewhat of a departure from the norm. I've heard that live they split the signal coming from the bass across two amps for a beefier sound, but it seems like several (but not all) of the songs here are augmented with additional noise overdubs. In addition to the sound, the lyrics here are also phenomenal. They're all about / from the perspective of childhood, kind of focusing on the intersection of the child and adult worlds, and generally implying that kids notice and absorb a lot more (typically bad stuff) than most people assume... "The Day I Turned Thirteen," "Learning in the Bathroom," and "How to Act at Funerals" are particularly arresting in how they approach this subject.