Knowing that Odonis Odonis will be touring with Toronto noise merchants METZ this April, I was curious to hear what these fellow Torontonians sounded like.
I prepared for a blast of amped-up hardcore, but that's not what they delivered. And I'm not disappointed, because they've got that dance-punk thing down to a science—on this track, at any rate—and that's more to my liking (this spring, they've also scheduled dates with Soft Moon and A Place to Bury Strangers).
"Better," which layers alternatively loud and soft chants atop a rubbery bass line brings me back to the unruly, skronk-saturated club music that once spilled out of venues from Northern England to the Lower East Side, i.e. Pigbag, ESG, Tom Tom Club, and Liquid Liquid, with whom they share a double-name construct.
In more contemporary terms, they recall !!! and spin-off band Out Hud, as well as some of the acts on Wax Trax in the '80s (1000 Homo DJs) and DFA in the '00s (the Rapture). And...that's a lot of reference points for one 2:03-minute song...but I can't stop playing the thing...which calls out for an extended remix...
Buzz Records releases Better, EP follow-up to 2012's Hollandaze LP, on April 16.