THE RANDOMS: Throw Your Knives (EP)
By Jacob Connor
Power trio The Randoms are purveyors of punky shout pop in the same general hemisphere as The Gordons and Die!Die!Die!. Auckandís patron saint of underground alternopop Bob Frisbee recorded this 6-track EP and captures a propulsive forward motion melded together by simple single note guitar lines. The stark monochromatic approach reminds of Joy Division filtered through the headache-inducing haze of grunge-era noisecore act Atari Teenage Riot. A wall of noise then. This is for the young, the energetic, the nihilists. Itís all about banging your head to a bloody pulp against the cinder block wall and screaming swearwords. Enjoyable as a trip to the dentist Ė nervous anticipation, then the white heat of the drill, and relief afterward when it ends.