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Sun Coming Down

Ambitious Canadian post-punk crew go deeper into the anxious groove on their second album

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Hera Chan

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Is that the sun coming down — or just a giant ball of fire dropping on your head? These Montreal post-punks write harsh songs for harsh times on their excellent second album, building on last year’s debut More Than Any Other Day. Tim Darcy squawks about trying to keep what’s left of his human feelings alive, over abrasive guitar that clangs like Mission of Burma. When he sneers, “Put on your evening attire/We’ve got a lot of forgetting to do” in “On The Line,” he sounds like a cross between The Fall’s Mark E. Smith and the grifter on the corner selling you the watch he stole off your wrist an hour ago. “This is the high watermark of civilization,” Darcy says over the throbbing bass-and-feedback groove of the finale, “Never Better.” The sad part is, he probably means it.

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