GENRE | GRIZZLY POST-PUNK
VERDICT | HOUSE SHOW ROCK
LABEL | HARDLY ART
RELEASE | 6.25.13
No matter how loud their cymbals crash in conjunction with a Merchandise-esque bass line, Portland’s Hausu step from melodious to dissonant on their debut LP, Total.
Opener “Chrysanthemum” sees head nods to Fugazi, Tigers Jaw, and Pavement before they reveal grittier tracks like “1991–2091” and “Vasari Joust.”
The unfortunate news concerning Total is that many of its songs lose their fangs when put onto a CD.
Heavier songs with amps battling it out for the spotlight become muddled in a way that seems unintentional. That’s where songs like “Kool Off” work well; they follow one instrument’s part and then branch the other sounds off from it, never getting too fuzzy. Hausu knows how to structure grizzly post-punk rock;
each breakdown comes at the exact moment you didn’t know you needed.
The same goes for their use of power chords. As long as you and your friends remember to bring your air guitars and angry scowls, Total is the album for summer time rock-outs.