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Pissed Jeans

Honeys (Sub Pop)

Reviewed by Austin Powell, Fri., March 15, 2013

SXSW 2013 Records

Pissed Jeans

Honeys (Sub Pop)

Pissed Jeans captures those moments after masturbation: messy, awkward, wondering what the hell you did to end up so alone. Over the course of three LPs, the Philly four have turned tantrums about ice cream and scrapbooking into noise-rock anthems with all the subtlety of a falling anvil. Honeys marks the band's sharpest, smartest work yet, hypermasculine yet self-defeating. Frontman Matt Korvette matches the blue-balled crisis of Nick Cave's Grinderman, the fire-hose delivery of David Yow, and Mudhoney's sickness in both intensity and brutal honesty. He tackles the growing pains of Internet dating ("You're Different (In Person)"), avoiding doctors ("Health Plan"), dimming relationships ("Romanticize Me"), and high school reunions ("Teenage Adult"). Yet, as Pissed Jeans makes clear in raucous standouts "Bathroom Laughter" and "Male Gaze," there's no reservation or resolution. Simply laugh. Cry. Mosh. Repeat. (9:20pm, 1100 Warehouse)

***.5

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