One of my top genres for summertime listening is good ol' dirty sludge. Maybe it's the way it syncs with the pace of life; maybe it's my increased alcohol consumption. In any case, NC's Seven Foot Spleen seemed right to post, but then again, I think anytime is a good time for them. While the guitar tuneage and much of the pacing reeks of sludge, SFS are not locked into one mode, and like some of the best moments from Eyehategod and Mange, they often floor it to hardcore speeds. Whether born from indecisiveness or a love for fusion and variety, the four tracks on the "Boredom and Disease" 7" take the boredom right out of the title. This genre and tempo crossover would continue in some members' next band, Hanging Rotten, which will be the subject of a future post. Crusties, grinders, and hardcore kids alike should dig these guys, and for extra poops, I'm throwing in the band's split with Aussie hardcore madmen, Gacy's Place.
Download Seven Foot Spleen "Boredom and Disease" 7" (Fuck Inane Records, 1996) & the Seven Foot Spleen/Gacy's Place Split 7" (Spiral Objective Records, 1997)
"Dear bicycle, I shall not call you bike, you were green, like so many of your generation, I don't know why. It is a pleasure to meet it again. To describe it at length would be a pleasure. It had a little red horn instead of the bell fashionable in your days. To blow this horn was a real pleasure, almost a vice... What a rest to speak of bicycles and horns."