In Notes From Left of the Dial this week, Nooga.com spends some time with music from We the Wild, The Black Oil Brothers, Faithless Town and Sarah Klang. What have you been listening to this week?
We the Wild, "Exodus and Decay"
The work of Portland, Oregon-based group We the Wild is mired in the histories of a handful of genres. Equal parts post-hardcore, jazz and punk, the band excels at demolishing assumptions and refusing to be characterized by any confined rhythmic label. They're loud, frenetic and capable of great things, which is evident in their wild live shows and bombastic studio recordings. And while the obvious thought of a certain melodic disparity might exist when hearing of their influences, We the Wild manages the inestimable task of merging these sounds into a ferocious and cohesive musical train of thought. And they do this with the ease and casualness of a band who has spent their entire career mining these fertile grounds.
On their latest single, "Exodus and Decay" (which is taken from their forthcoming album, "From the Cities We Fled"), the band thrashes and howls, and isn't above shattering a few eardrums. The song feels aggressive but approachable—a wiry thing that roars and stomps around but allows you to come closer with each verse. Guitars splinter and fracture in their hands while drums are mutilated and torn apart. It's incredibly complex, like the best that jazz has to offer—but it's all housed in a hardcore frame, all jerky rhythms and cathartic release. If your ears aren't ringing and aching by the time the song fades away, something is definitely wrong with you.