What mows over things like Locusts, draws Blood and makes you say, “hell, Yeah!” three times, in less than 10 minutes? Put your seatbelt on, and take the exit ramp to HEAD WOUND CITY.
STORY: Bart Ng
How many times do you read on internet chat sites-hell, in AP, even-that So N. So from this band is going to do a project with Hooda Fock from another band and it’s gonna shred, be rad, cool, suck, whatever? Well, after a series of encounters across several continents, the Blood Brothers’ Cody Votolato and Jordan Blilie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ six-string vibe-merchant Nick Zinner, and the Locust’s rhythm section of Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian spent a week in a Seattle studio earlier this year under the banner of Head Wound City, where they wrote and recorded an EP of sonic splatter that’s as comfortable as a splash of battery-acid aftershave.
Written in five days and recorded in two, Head Wound City ended up as something far more than Zinner and Blilie’s intention to create “a very basic, no-brainer, thrash band.” The opener, “Radical Friends,” starts with 48 seconds of Zinner conjuring ear-raping feedback. No big deal, except the song clocks in at a mere 1:43, just enough rest time for Votolato, Pearson and Serbian to work up a 211-bpm frenzy. The songs were derived from everything from inside jokes to mundane things seen on television and bumper stickers (“I’m A Taxidermist-I’ll Stuff Anything”). “Street College” was derived from a National Public Radio interview with Metallica’s James Hetfield that made Blilie laugh out loud (“He actually had the nerve to say that he graduated from street college,” says the singer, rolling his eyes). HWC’s reductionism (seven songs in less than 10 minutes) isn’t merely a nod to grind culture; given all of the parent bands’ extremely tight schedules, that’s the only kind of songs they can write within their vicious time constraints. Hell, if they had a year, they’d probably churn out a box set none of us could afford to buy, anyway.
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