Self Released (2013)
The Botherations is another in a line of bands/labels that thought enough of this website to send over a record for me to check out and write about. The best part about it is that this 12" easily ranks up there with the Space Wolf cassette as one of the best things I've ever been sent.
Though only 5 songs long, this EP packs such a huge punch. From the very second the first guitar hits, you almost feel like the guy sitting in the chair in that old Maxell advertisement. This is a band playing loud and that's something I can usually get behind. The guitar work is so full and raucous, it reminds me a bit of bands like Manifesto Jukebox or I Excuse, who in turn get their inspiration from Leatherface. While I wouldn't say that The Botherations specifically sound like Leatherface, I can certainly find their influence.
Vocally the singer is gruff, deep voiced and has a slight sheen of Marked Men static obscuring the message. This is a band that could easily come off as too shouty or angry for me, but they manage to keep just enough melody in the vocals to keep things from going too hardcore. There's just the right balance between hooks and urgency and I really hope I get to hear more from this band in the future.
The Botherations - S/T 12":