A horrible hack

Coughin' Vicars

Art Damage + Demo

Year Released: 2020
Format: Tape
Label: self released
Reviewed by Samuel Rogers on Mar 13, 2021
When it comes to reviewing a demo, the trick is to procrastinate so long that the band have already released an EP. Now I get the pleasure of reviewing both! Starting with the demo, please note it’s “post-omission” not “post-emission”, so don’t be filthy minded. This band have clean, family-friendly songs about death, cobwebs, and exorcism. Against distorted punk, the singer gives cryptic sermons from an occult altar. Some tracks take a softer approach, but the homage to post-punk and gothic music of the 1980s remains a consistent feature. If Killing Joke and Skeletal Family got together and turned up their volume, the results might be comparable.

On the more recent EP, we get another four tracks of the same, but with cleaner production values. None of the noisy, menacing charm was sacrificed in the process. “Provocateurs” is probably the best of the bunch, with a sinister tale of entrails and flesh interrupted by short bursts of a hardcore punk chorus. To support these Merseyside occultists, head to their Bandcamp where you can also hear them paying tribute to their roots by covering older bands from the North West.

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