Clowns - Lucid Again 12"
Clowns has been one of the most qualitatively consistent hardcore bands of the past decade. With two killer full lengths (both of which I highly recommend for their own unique virtues) under their belt, they’re at it again, but with an unexpected twist, as many tracks off this new record share traits, mostly through their production, with psych rock. Though the band hasn’t given any reason to expect more of the same (with their most recent effort containing a handful of powerviolence cuts scattered throughout) this is, by far, the most drastic sonic shift in their short discography. This extreme dynamism from album to album, however, is one of the band’s many compelling traits, not just because they can take risks, but because they can effectively pull them off as well.