Blank Square

Animal I

Castle Face CF 084 LP
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When squirming black mold in a dingy Bayshore, CA, warehouse became sentient, creaked and took humanoid form it created Blank Square and their singularly odd-punk debut, Animal I — sounding like the weirder end of Flesheaters but with a sterility that can only be contemporarily compared to Total Control’s Aussie hardcore no-wave and then with a pinch of what made DNA and Mars amazing.

This album is captured with plenty of concrete and sheet metal kept in the mix and a highlight towards dissonant syncopations, as if it was recorded in a empty room minus one chair and definitely down a flight of wet, cement stairs. Featuring saxophone with a mild but nauseating-at-times rippling slap delay, the band cruises on a rhythm section that sounds like the they’ve got another house show to play tonight after this one. Rectangular in all the right places, it’s uncomfortable, like sleeping in a car. For listeners who love art in their sax punk, reaching waaaay back into California’s punk history (SST would’ve undoubtedly dug this). There you go, weirdos.

Blank Square: Animal I

One Way Blank Square 1' 28''
Bangers Blank Square 2' 47''
Empty Head Blank Square 3' 11''
Fuc'd Blank Square 2' 07''
Bad Acid Blank Square 1' 42''
Quark Blank Square 3' 17''
Put A Lid On It Blank Square 48''
I Was High Blank Square 3' 26''
Charmer Blank Square 3' 52''
Exit Saint Blank Square 2' 02''
Tape Measure Blank Square 3' 16''
Youth Trash Blank Square 2' 55''

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