No Trend Records
ganser’s “pastel” is a shot of pure post-punk ice
By Nathan Leigh
October 19, 2018
Building from a tenuous groove to a full on jagged freakout, the lates single from Chicago post-punk quartet Ganser is a killer. Singer and bassist Alicia Gaines’ vocals are sharpened icicles, all biting sarcasm and cold-eyed cast-off, while Charlie Landsman’s guitar sounds exploding shrapnel. The band is as tight and focused as ever, constantly threatening to veer into pure noise but never losing that driving, insistent pulse. Winter is coming, and “Pastel” is exactly the kind of shot of sonic freeze that you need to face the cold cold world.
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