Survival Knife, “Roman Fever”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.07.14 in Listen to This

Rising from the ashes of the late, great Unwound, Survival Knife — the new project from Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno — write songs mirror that band’s tension, but have greater focus and hit with more force. “Roman Fever,” from the forthcoming Loose Power, is a kicking mule of a song, bucking rhythms and taut guitars surrounding Justin Trosper’s panicked yelp. The song moves from pissed, volatile beginning to a coda that’s coiled like a rattlesnake — calmer, but still ready to strike.