Thursday, 4 September 2008

The Austerity Program - Terra Nova (2003)

I just came across NYC's Austerity Program this year and they have quickly become one of my favorite bands.  I was amazed to hear that they've been around 10 years and I'd still never heard of them before.  Part of the reason may be that they aren't the most prolific band in the world.  Only one LP and this EP were produced in that 10 years.  And they hardly ever play outside of the east coast.  I was able to see one of these rare performances this summer in Brooklyn and it was fantastic.  But hey...they're family guys with jobs so it's understandable.  Although the last year there seems to be a little more activity which is a good sign.  You can learn more about the band in this upcoming documentary.  They draw obvious comparisons to Big Black because of a drum machine and their angular, abrasive guitar style.  They even play the same Travis Bean guitars as Albini etc.  Although they seem to have developed a unique style of their own.  Definitely a stand out among the Hydra Head roster.

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