new music: cerebral ballzy’s latest lp ‘faded & jaded’ lives up to the hype #soundcheck

June 16, 2014

Lately, it seems like there’s no band with as much buzz as Cerebral Ballzy. But if you’ve been following us for a while, you’ve known about the Brooklyn punk rock quintet since their beginnings in 2008. It’s always a good thing to see the bands you love finally get the recognition they deserve. With their latest record Faded & Jaded, Cerebral Ballzy are poised to make the world safe for gritty dirty no-frills punk rock.

Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

With the increased media attention that comes from being signed to Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records, I half expected Cerebral Ballzy to soften their sound in search of a hit as many punk groups flirting with the mainstream have done before them. But from the get-go, they make it clear that the only significant change they’ve made is a better publicist. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Opener “Another Day” is fuzzy stripped down affair, and sets the tone for the rest of the record. Singer Honor Titus’s distorted rapid fire yelp is as chaotic and energetic as ever. The sludgy breakdowns littering the record suggest the band’s been listening to the SST Records back catalog, or maybe just opening for FLAG has rubbed off on them.

On “Parade Of Idiots,” the band tosses off the hardcore nods for some straight ahead street punk. The bass distorted within an inch of it’s life, producer Dave Sitek (of TV On The Radio) has done an admirable job of helping the band find new and unique ways to sound noisy and raw on each track. Despite the distortion cranked on every instrument (even the drums at times), each song is allowed a unique personality. From the lofi thrasher “Speed Wobbles” to the ultra heavy intro to “All I Ever Wanted,” Cerebral Ballzy find a surprising amount of depth and variety. But then, that’s nothing new. There’s just more people listening now.

Faded & Jaded is out now in the UK and tomorrow June 17 in the US. Order here.