Someone has mining the ’90s for ideas, and for once, we’re not talking about the obvious chart-toppers like Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana. Like label-mates, The Men, Brooklyn’s Pop. 1280 channel the meaner, nastier and scuzzier moments of the decade that gave us grunge, flannel, and too many bands sporting grunge and flannel for a quick buck. On a track like “Bodies in the Dunes,” from their forthcoming full-length, The Horror, one can hear traces of Jesus Lizard, Cop Shoot Cop, and any number of gnarly, party-clearing bands from days gone by. Try to place the guitar sound, and you’re likely to think of records like Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral, an album where every guitar had the sound like it was just about to fry the hands that played it. The post-industrial grind ravaging the background, is a nice touch too. It’s just different enough to give it a modern sheen. Well, that’s as long as your idea of a modern sheen includes using sheet metal for drum heads.
Pop. 1280’s The Horror will be released January 24th on Sacred Bones Records.