USA/Mexico

Laredo (Riot Season / 12XU)

Texas Platters

Five years ago, Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey and Shit & Shine frontman Craig Clouse teamed with bassist Matt Turner in Same Sac, a local avant-doom trio rattling jaws with double-barreled distorted bass. Short-lived, the group gave way to Coffey and Clouse spewing the same amniotic fluid in USA/Mexico, this time conjoining with Nate Cross of Marriage and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth. Debut Laredo wafts an acrid potpourri of experimental noise variations: garbage disposal sludge rock on "Possum Trot," with Clouse's menacing vocals tweaked beyond comprehension, and power electronics on the title cut. Thereafter, they touch on free-jazz ("Yard of the Month") and static blast beats ("Windsor Park Hardcore") before dragging the Fall's "L.A." and Bullets for Pussy's eponymous single down to sonic hell. Laredo throws open the doors of creativity and smashes everything in sight.

****

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More USA / Mexico
Texas Platters
USA/Mexico
Matamoros (Record Review)

Rick Weaver, Aug. 16, 2019

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Spray Paint
Into the Country (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Dec. 13, 2019

Texas Platters
Graham Reynolds
Marfa: A Country & Western Big Band Suite (Record Review)

Rick Weaver, Nov. 22, 2019

More by Kevin Curtin
Local Music to Livestream, Download, and Otherwise Enjoy Digitally
Local Music to Livestream, Download, and Otherwise Enjoy Digitally
What we’re watching and listening to

March 20, 2020

Livestreaming in the Age of Quarantine
Livestreaming in the Age of Quarantine
Austin musicians “going live” instead of playing live

March 18, 2020

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

USA / Mexico

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle