Friday, May 5, 2017

Taiwan Housing Project - "Authentic Alien Perfume"

Photo by Donald Bruno
Philadelphia's Taiwan Housing Project are a tough band to describe. That's because as a music critic, we tend to like to say that a band is like Band X combined with Band Y. I know I do that probably too much. But, it's a good way to describe a band's sound to someone to let them know if they should listen to it or not. "Authentic Alien Perfume" doesn't sound like any other band. I'm not going to say they sound like Lightning Bolt or Guerilla Toss, but the comparison is the excitement I felt the first time I heard either of those bands. "Authentic Alien Perfume" is pure noise and intensity, but it's not this fast out of control song. It's almost mid-tempo, but it's this intense crush of screeching guitars and horns, all looping around with chanted vocals that are a mix between Human Sexual Response and Jello Biafra. Yeah, it's pretty batshit, but in the best possible way.

You can listen to "Authentic Alien Perfume" below. Taiwan Housing Project's new album, Veblen Death Mask, is out today, May 5, on Kill Rock Stars. For more on Taiwan Housing Project, check them out on Facebook and Bandcamp.

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