Joint Damage, Stripmines prep new albums, offer new tracks
Sorry State Records, the nationally regarded Carrboro punk label continues to make a wonderful ruckus. Indeed, the label has two exemplary N.C. punk bands on its release docket for early 2012. Raleigh’s backbreaking Stripmines unveil their first LP, Crimes of Dispassion, while fast and fiery Charlotte outfit Joint Damage will release Strike Gently, its own debut long player. Neither album has an official release date as of yet, but both have been promised sometime near March.
Stripmines are, as their name might indicate, among the most relentless and punishing punk bands in the Carolinas. On record, their tenacious rhythms are topped off by crushing distortion and burly barks of singer Matt LaVallee. And on “Years of Dread,” the first cut from the record, his self-effacing bile is ranted without mercy.
Joint Damage is lead by guitarist Nick Goode, who also has his hand in Brain F≠ and Logic Problem, two of N.C.’s premiere punk bands. Joint Damage, which also features members of avant-jazz act Great Architect and the omnivorous pop band Yardwork, explores the fast and fierce approach of Brain F≠ while shirking that band’s hook happy approach. Riffs grind with endless momentum as the rhythm section keeps breathless time beneath. “I’m Haunted,” the second of Joint Damage’s two offerings from the LP, finds a middle ground between these two sounds. The distortion is fierce, but Brain F≠ singer Elise Anderson guests during the chorus, shoring up the hook against the surrounding din.
- Jordan Lawrence