KILLED BY 9V BATTERIES-“Escape Plans Make It Hard To Wait For Success”

Killed by 9v Batteries have been reviewed here before, when I likened them to punk shoegaze. Their new album, Escape Plans Make It Hard To Wait For Success, still has a little bit of that, particularly in “This City Is Lit When You’re On Top Of It,” which has a pulsating noise in the background that makes one feel like being drowned in the music. This song is so great, in fact, that it threatens to swallow the whole album.

But it doesn’t.

Austria’s best punk export, the band never disappoints. Even on comparatively more mellow tracks, like “Tell The People I’m In Bed With Fever ,” there is a raw aggression under their music that says shut-the-fuck-up-and-listen-to-me-KILL-this-shit! Escape Plans is the band’s best album so far because of its range—from angry, cymbal-smashing chainsaw punk to the nearly new wave sound of “Make Her Parties Unique,” this is a fantastic record that will probably be appearing on my best of ’09 list.

This City is Lit When You’re On Top Of It


Note All the Curses I Have Made


Like a Hurricaine-Killed by 9v Batteries.

Only Love Can Break Your Heart-Killed by 9v Batteries.

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