Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Wreck & Reference : "Alien Pains"
"Striped White Jets" finds them eventually tapping into their heavier side. The harsher screamed vocals are sparse on this EP, only peaking out for two songs. So if you only like their more aggressive side this is not going to be your favorite contribution of the band. I appreciate how it is employed on this song. Really when you are covering Guided By Voices how heavy can you expect it to be. Notice earlier, I did not say if you are a fan of the band who only likes their more aggressive side, since you really couldn't be a fan of them if you do not embrace the totality of who they are.
Is this as good as "Want" ? No, but it shows a different side. The more organic nature of Guided By Voices, brought out a more nuanced vocal in places. I think they were already growing out of their more metal minded temper tantrums and this ep displays another step in that direction. I'll give it an 8, even though I don't see myself returning to it much, but as it's good and dark. It's experimental , but still listenable.