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If you haven't yet seen The Coachwhips live, then you're missing out on one of the most brutally tight cans of punk blues whoop ass ever unleashed onto the free world. OCS is a side project of John Dwyer, lead musical arsonist of said geniuses.

For those looking for fury, fear, and aggro wallop, this is probably not going to be your bag. This is much closer to a Microphones record; a series of acoustic quilts that range from the soothing ambient sketches, warbling folk freak outs, and other clunky arrangements that sound like piles of leftovers. To be sure, it's not instantly seductive, many times begging questions about its own recording on numbers like "Left Me Dry", an out of tune meander that sounds like an infant playing with musical instruments. There's probably something to be said for trying to catch that level of free from scribbling and put it to record, but I'm most definitely not the person to say it.

Two aims for irritation and, many times, succeeds in spades. Distorted keyboard, out of tune guitar, kicked over trash cans- pretty much every song is a playpen of reserved chaos, occasionally threaded with a pearl strand of acoustic notes, but with petulant infrequency. A couple of songs have an ole timey eerie air, like "Bisbee w/ Chiara G", which sounds like an Appalachian horror film score, but even there I'm reaching for the compliment out of misplaced fealty to Mr. Dwyer. Too often this sounds like lazy, noodling moments of inchoate creativity that would do well to germinate without being prematurely committed to record.

I wanted to like this, I really did, and I was hoping for something that, while not easy, wouldn't prove to be such a difficult bore. There are definitely people I'd recommend this to, the people who assure me that bands like Black Dice are bloody brilliant if I'm willing to get into music as an intellectual exercise, something akin to criticism devouring art. You'd probably not have to look too far to find someone who could pontificate this out for you, tweezing from the noise some statement that's deeper than: "I like playing with myself. Would you mind listening?"

-Terry Sawyer

Track Listing:

1. So I Guess We Can't Hang Out
2. Untitled
3. Untitled
4. Mike D
5. Banjo Sold For Rent
6. Killed Yourself
7. You Are 16, I Am High
8. Untitled
9. 6086
10. Left Me Day
11. Untitled
12. Intermission
13. Bisbee With Chiara G
14. Freeting and Fussing
15. I Would Draw In Regret
16. Untitled
17. No Bitches On This Train
18. Bisbee 2
19. Untitled
20. Our Lovesong Icky Boyfriends
21. JPD, A Young Man, Tells Goldylox

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