The Egyptian

Pygmy Shrews
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10 tracks
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1 Gimme Hidden 2:05 792
2 deep xuxa 1:50 756
3 Your Party Sucks 1:04 793
4 Dead Wrong 4:12 668
5 Please Brain Drugs 3:45 787
6 Somebody's Fucking Anybody 1:30 176
7 Rent Hole 1:42 670
8 Crud Monger 4:20 603
9 Shame Canal 1:59 639
10 Big Time 2:59 575

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Like some wounded Sikorsky chopper on a doomed final mission, chugging across debris-filled skies in search of a final way out, or howbout similar to some kind of postapocalyptic wheeled conveyance, part lawn tractor, part tiller, all menace and powered by some greasy substance you don’t want to even consider, but running somehow, and fast, albeit on the verge of total failure and collapse. Howabout it? Brooklyn’s Pygmy Shrews have an aggressive, fatalistic task at their capable hands: to add a musical vocabulary to feelings like desolation, despair and distrust. If the emotion starts with a “d,” it might be applicable, and this band might make appropriate sounds for it.

Pygmy Shrew members come from bands like Drunkdriver, Zs, Cutter, the Fugue, Queening, Neon King Kong, Little Women etc. They play the sort of desolate noise rock that Greg Ginn somehow fathered. And frankly, that grimy torch still gets passed periodically. Past recipients may include Texas’ Cherubs, Olympia’s Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live, and just a few other blown-out scuzzers. Pygymy Shrews debut LP The Egyptian is a raw example of the genre’s most well-executed. These 10 songs were recorded by Colin Marston in his Queens, NY dungeon.

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