Do you want to hear something distorted and evil sounding?
Buzz Records, 2013
6.5 / 10
Toronto’s HSY is a couple of ladies and a couple of guys, bound together by a love of The Melvins and all things sludgy and rock. Not much is known about them, but if that cover art features the members in a nude hand-holding circle, I’d guess that they have a fascination with the occult. Their self-titled debut EP is loud, abrasive, and perhaps a little creepy. Only bits and pieces of the vocals can be made out, and when they are legible, they sound covered by the noise of a trash compactor. If this doesn’t sound appealing to you, then you’re probably correct. However, listeners with a penchant for guttural and distortion heavy rock songs will want to check out HSY.
Perhaps the most accessible song on the album is “Slimeball” (by the way, great song titles on this release). The song could easily slip into the background of any god-awful Rob Zombie horror movie, which isn’t to say this song is bad. Rob Zombie films are good for their music, just the films are terrible. The question, “Why are you so uptight?”, is repeated throughout “Slimeball”, but I don’t think HSY’s music is likely to loosen up anyone. HSY is constructed around intense bursts of noise — “Waffles”, in particular, steamrolls everything in its short runtime.
HSY also seem to be intentionally trying to grate the nerves of its listeners. I’m sure a conversation went like this for “Ladies Night”: Could we add more squelch to the intro? I don’t think it’s annoying enough yet. The song’s vocals are virtually unintelligible, so I’m not sure if the LADIES will get the gist of the song, but then again, it’s probably not meant for them anyway. The EP is bookended by “Milkchug” and “Tartar Mouth”, both songs being singles released by the band. Of course, when you chug too much milk, you vomit. HSY’s noisy industrial occult music will make your ears vomit…frogs…because it’s just strange that way. Their debut boils down to one question, do you want to hear something distorted and evil sounding?