12 AM | 22 Jul

(EP Stream) Fire Retarded, ‘High Horse’ 7-inch

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Madison’s Fire Retarded plays garage-punk with particularly thrashing, volatile rhythms and a sonic presence that’s surprisingly full in such a proudly raggedy genre. Singer/guitarist Tyler Fassnacht, whose vocals in previous band Giant People drew more on the lovable nasality of Superchunk and The Weakerthans, proves a formidable screamer and shrieker on the three songs of the band’s debut 7-inch, High Horse. Fassnacht and drummer Alex Ross recently welcomed two new bandmates, Bobby Hussy of The Hussy on second guitar and Claire Nelson-Lifson on bass. (Full disclosure: Bobby and I both work at MadCity Music Exchange; Claire is a professional hair-cutter who cuts my hair sometimes.) Personally I can get a little burned out on garage-punk at times, but Fire Retarded pour enough raw, unstable anger into it to make the sound refreshing. Click through to stream the EP ahead of the band’s 7-inch release show Thursday at Mickey’s Tavern.

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