Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kurt - Schesaplana LP

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     Years ago, while working at Amoeba Music in Berkeley, I stumbled across all three LP's by this German band named Kurt. I was familiar with the label X-Mist based on a few other releases they had put out by bands I knew and loved. Because of the label and the cover art of those records, I figured it would behoove me to take a chance and grab them up. Hell, they had been floating around in the dollar bin for longer than I can remember anyway... What a revelation!!!
     Yes, Kurt were from Germany. Yes, there are many traces of that metallic crunch that so many German bands have perfected in the past. Though, they certainly don't rely solely on that sound. There are also plenty of groovy, Quicksand-esque Post-Hardcore moments and more than a few moments where they even sound like Policy of 3 or John Henry West or any number of late 80's/early 90's "Emo" bands. Throw in flashes of lurching, shrieking Am-Rep guitar squall and you have one hell of a potent concoction.
     I recommend this for fans of everything from Systral and Acme to Jawbox and Helmet to Navio Forge and Universal Order Of Armageddon.

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