new music: hoffle stoff awaffogus’s debut finds joy in grindcore #soundcheck

November 6, 2014

The nearly impossible to pronounce (and equally impossible to spell if only heard out loud) Hoffle Stoff Awaffogus cram 12 songs in under 15 minutes on their debut Fibonacci A.D. The Houston four-piece merges grindcore and crust with unexpected twee moments, and an odd joy for something so sonically destructive. It’s loud and messy and hyper aggressive, and yet it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

Outside of the pitch-black humor of subgenres like pornogrind and goregrind, grindcore bands tend to run with the self-serious dire proclamations of anarcho-hardcore fore-runners Crass. The deliberately unapproachable band names and tiny bursts of noise were all too often used as a talisman to keep the scene exclusive. But, as singer Daphnye Gonzalez is fond of pointing out, talismans are cheap. In their hands, the same tools feel refreshingly inclusive.

Songs range from the vast nature of the universe, “Hyper Dynamic,” video games and weed, “Stoner Pwner,” and shoplifting to survive, “I Have No Talismans, So I Steal Things Sometimes.” Members of the band are devout Muslims, and frequently reference their faith, as on the 13 second track “Submit. Why?” whose lyrics are simply “ALLAHU Akbar.” The band scatters movie samples throughout the microsongs, which make up easily half the album’s run-time. from the nihilistic Mickey from Natural Born Killers to the also nihilistic Eric Cartman. I challenge you not to love a band who can name one of their songs “If Animals Were Superheroes, They’d Be Pokémon.”

Fibonacci A.D. Is available through the band’s Bandcamp on a a name-your-own-price basis.