Cancers, “Be Cool”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 09.10.14 in Listen to This

Here are important things to know about Fatten the Leeches, the debut from Athens duo Cancers: it was recorded in Seattle, and it was produced by Jack Endino, whose name you may know from such records as Nirvana’s Bleach, Mudhoney’s Superfuzz Bigmuff and Soundgarden’s Screaming Life. Accordingly, the sound of kickoff track “Be Cool” is gloriously scuzzy, a roaring mudslide of riffs rolling to a sudden halt just in time for Ella Kaspar’s tiny voice to deliver the song’s perfectly-pitched opening line: “I know it’s weird for you/ The things we’ve done and the things we do.” The rest of the song operates according to the time-tested, gut-proven loud/soft/loud formula, and the results are bright and barnstorming.