Sub Pop (2018)
This week, I'm going to go through each of the four split 7"s that Sub Pop released as part of their SPF30 singles spectacular. These 7"s were available at the Sub Pop 30th Anniversary show and then were later sold online. First up is the split 7" with Metz and Clipping.
Metz is a band that I always want to like a lot more than I actually do. There's something intriguing about every song that I hear from them, but for whatever reason there is also something that keeps me from really getting into it. Their contribution, "Escalator Teeth / On and On" has pounding drums and a repetitive, but quite excellent, guitar riff. It's somewhat marred by spacey sound effects inserted here and there and vocals that I don't really love. It's noisy, but still pretty catchy. Again, I want to like this, but I'm not there yet.
I've not heard Clipping prior to this 7" and I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. It's hip hop, but it's lacking the sort of thing I look for. The flow of the rapping itself is very good and reminds me a bit of Akrobatik from The Perceptionists, but musically I just don't get what they are doing. There is no real beat to speak of, just an electronic drone that sounds a bit like Flash Gordon background music whenever Ming is on screen. It does get progressively louder throughout the song, but it's a total case of blue balls as you keep waiting for that beat to kick in, but it never does. While I think this song is kind of a bust, I am intrigued enough to check out some of their other stuff to see if that's more my speed.