Kill Me Tomorrow, The Garbageman and The Prostitute

Andy Battaglia

By Andy Battaglia

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Garbageman and The Prostitute

Kill Me Tomorrow

One of the prime movers on the restless California indie label GSL, Kill Me Tomorrow mine the vaults of post-punk while paying particular attention to the grit and grime collected in the era's corners. Vestiges of old bands like the Fall lurk in The Garbageman and the Prostitute, but raygun strobes and blasts of static give it an urgent, modern rub. "The Best Siren Is a Flesh Siren" sprays messy vocals and overdriven electronics over clacking rock drums, while moody songs like "I Require Chocolate" sound like Interpol covered in blisters and scabs. Kill Me Tomorrow share influences with any number of fellow post-punk partisans, but their range — analogue and electronic, primitive and complex, splashy and sullen — suggests an unlikely allegiance between Captain Beefheart and Joy Division. The results are severe and screechy in parts, but they're never less than inspired.