Featuring members of 1939 Ensemble and engineer extraordinaire, Fester (Rabbits, Honduran, Usnea, Stoneburner), Humours strips Crimsonesque prog to its stark elements and fuses it with the energy and abandon of Jawbox, Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu, flitting through complex movements with a mastery of dynamics and accented by strong, melodic vocals. The fascinating compulsion manifested is a technical, visceral, future look at rock for new and old-schoolers alike. Recorded and produced by Fester and the band at his Haywire Studios and with appropriately deployed cover art by Matt Stikker, the angle on The Onanist is Drive Like King Crimson; Humours deploying post-hardcore prog, yet less mathy math rock, wherein the songs are still songs not wackoff seshes. The band’s ultra-tight delivery mangles composed, serene wanderings with dementia-enshrouded rampages in seemingly equal doses, seamlessly dragging together influences in from dynamic ’70s progressive acts and blown-out ’90s post-hardcore.
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