The trio of Park Attack released a sloppy, blistering EP on the Tigersushi label last year and made themselves known as a brash band on the attack with their mixture of stomping guitar rock and buzzing electronics. Now a four piece, the group has even more hands on deck to create their rough and tumble no wave, stomp rock offerings, and they belt out eleven tracks in thirty-five minutes on the growling Half-Past Human.
The album doesn't waste any time getting started, as "They, 'Which Is Worst?'" finds ultra-jangly guitars rattling over loose-limbed drumming and electronic whooshes and subtle synths while lead singer Rob Churm spits out his almost muppet-like vocals. The aptly-titled "The Racket" again lines up guitars that are as thick as sludge with a pounding drum beat while submerged synths growl like some sort of sinister force just below the surface. Churm again howls away. His vocals are strange enough, in fact, that they'll likely be the tipping point for most listeners.
At nearly five minutes, "Toes" is the longest track on the album, but with driving, brute force percussion and more roughshod guitars and squiggling synths, it barrels along like a beat up car going too fast down the interstate, losing parts along the way. In places, the group sounds something like Clinic might if they dropped their cool edge and decided to play punk-inspired noise rock.
As an album, Half-Past Human actually seems to get better as it progresses. The first couple tracks on the album lag just a smidge, but by the time the group has hit stride with "Hot Dog," "Beak As A Tool," and "Wolf (Poof!)," they're pretty much slamming hard with every song as detuned guitar strings sound pushed to the breaking point and Churm screams so hard in one song that he starts coughing at one point (and it actually works in the songs favor). As a whole, the album doesn't offer up a great deal of variety, so it's probably best that the group keeps things short and sweet, but if you're looking for a slightly snotty, brash rumbler of an album, Park Attack might be serving up just what you need.