Pissed Jeans - Honeys (4 stars)

Pissed Jeans - Honeys

(Sub Pop)

Four LPs in and Philadelphia’s Pissed Jeans are still hocking up some severely scuzzed-out bile with Honeys, their most consistent set of songs since their debut album Hope For Men back in 2007.

Straight off the bat, single and opener ‘Bathroom Laughter’ drags you along the tarmac with a ferocious bass line and snappy chorus -- probably one of their finest musical moments. They’re still clearly indebted to a particular 90s rock dirge, touching upon the staccato guitar chops of Jesus Lizard, Melvins fuzz and the straight-up weirdness of the Butthole Surfers, but their racket has developed notably on this recording. ‘Male Gaze’ has a nasty aftertaste, soaking up said influences and combining it with a furious Black Flag-style breakdown. It’s a positively weird journey, but it’s also strangely comforting to see the Jeans sound as alienating as they did the first time around.

Pissed Jeans - Bathroom Laughter

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