Exit_International
Our Science Is Golden


4.3
superb

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
November 24th, 2013 | 50 replies | 21,042 views


Release Date: 03/03/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Running round the town with the wasted girls...

If you're going to name your band after an Australian pro-euthanasia group, odds are you're not going to play safe. Cardiff trio Exit_International comprise one drummer and two singing bass players who ensure that a lack of guitars pose no obstacle to crafting insanely loud noise rock. The crowdfunded Our Science Is Golden is a triumphant follow-up to their Welsh Music Prize nominated debut, Black Junk, delving into an equally explosive, though significantly more polished approach to sonic devastation.

While the dual bass onslaughts of Cop Shoot Cop and Girls Against Boys have certainly affected their style sonically, Scott Lee Andrews and Fudge Wilson ingeniously modulate their bass lines to fit primal musical excursions of their own. Their music is still punk as hell, yet the act's aural assault is far from sloppy. On the contrary, the bass work is often incredibly complex, precise and diverse. Not only do the musicians provide the rambling bass grooves, but also effectively emulate guitar leads and deliver the distorted walls of feedback to unnerving effect. Drummer Adam Thomas breaks through the noise with driving fills that make the songs truly dynamic. On top of that, the outfit packs their music with black humor-tainted hooks, reveling in overt pop sensibilities: their favourite line seems to be “shalalalala.” Just like its predecessor, though, Our Science Is Golden relies on a dexterous vocal interplay of the two bassists who swiftly alternate between assured cleans, menacing falsettos, rhythmic chants and feral screams.

In effect, the album is as punishing and idiosyncratic as it is oddly accessible. Case in point, 'Nitro Zoo' contrasts violently punctuated outbursts with the chorus that blasts one of the strongest hooks of the year. Andrews exclaims: “Running round the town with the wasted girls / Crawling on the floor of the nitro zoo,” which neatly encapsulates the trio's irreverent attitude. Another highlight follows with the paranoid stomp of “Fuck Yeah! Depression.” The song wouldn't feel out of place on Future Of The Left's early records given its frenzied transitions interspersed with unapologetic hardcore punk sections. 'Black Jesus (Pink Pound)' goes even further in this raucous direction trading hooks for a vile skewering of organized religion. “Black Jesus loves me the comics told me so,” Andrews yells maniacally at one point. The only blunder comes with the chorus vocalizations of 'Crux' which sound overly similar to those patented by The Offspring.

Elsewhere, the title track smooths over the trio's propulsive energy with its ballad-like quality enhanced by powerful clean vocals, unusually profound lyrics and a dash of unrest. 'The Nein Tease' even further expands their sonic palette, juxtaposing subdued verses with an invigorating post-hardcore chorus embellished with robotic chanting to bracing effect. On the other hand, aptly titled closer 'Sod Off Punk' makes great use of non-linear transitions and dynamic shifts in tempo, inviting comparisons with disbanded The Blood Brothers.

It's commendable how shrewdly Exit_International draw inspiration from other artists. Although the trio's influences are often easy to pin down, they largely manage to steer clear of mimicry, remaining singular in their deranged approachability. They also don't treat themselves too seriously peppering the lyrics with ringing nihilistic declarations and wacky cultural references ('Kojak Rollkneck'). The message received from Venus in 'The Nein Tease' says “bring me fire,” and that's precisely what Exit_International do in a nutshell. Our Science Is Golden is a high-octane stab of efficient noise rock that keeps the listeners enthralled while simultaneously threatening to destroy their eardrums.




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greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 24th 2013



7162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Black Jesus (Pink Pound):

http://youtu.be/SYdaMp500yk

Juvenile Pacemaker:

http://youtu.be/-T0skyrYJJ8

Profile:

http://youtu.be/AJRxmqsLzoc

Digging: Floor - Oblation

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2013



1546 Comments


they remind me of a heavier Death From Above 1979. I like it.

bodiesinflight57
November 24th 2013



866 Comments


Totally missed that they had a new album out. Damn.

Kingdok
November 24th 2013



32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love the album, Fuck Yeah! Depression gotta be one of the best songs this year. Love the fact that you can hear the influences, but still sounds fresh and individual.

Great review too!

TheBarber
November 24th 2013



783 Comments


Awesome band, Black Junk was fantastic

Digging: Hessian - Manegarmr

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 24th 2013



7162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Thanks a ton, Kingdok. I've got a promo copy from the band.

Fuck Yeah! Depression. is really a killer track. Nitro Zoo, The Nein Tease and Sod Off Punk are other highlights for me.

Kingdok
November 24th 2013



32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

got mine from pledging, been listening solidly since the summer. Kojak Rollkneck (sheeiiite!) is
killer as well! Overall is def on a par with Black Junk, and am so glad that it feels different to
their debut as well.

King Of The Fucking World indeed!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 24th 2013



7162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

I guess only pledgers have it. This hasn't been released to the general public yet.

Tyrannic
November 24th 2013



3224 Comments


Trvth

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2013



23643 Comments


I called the reviewer from the group name/album image thumbnail on the front page.

greg with the low 4.5, mixing shit up

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 24th 2013



7162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Congrats. You deserve a medal.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2013



23643 Comments


Score

treeqt.
November 24th 2013



7844 Comments


HAND OF MIDAS

Digging: Jason Lescalleet - Much to My Demise

Tyrannic
November 24th 2013



3224 Comments


HAND OF THE SPEECH GODS

rosa?

wowyouresohxc
November 25th 2013



66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Loving these guys right now.

fromrows
November 26th 2013



113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Need to hear this as soon as possible, complete unaware they had a new record coming out!

MosesMalone
November 26th 2013



1823 Comments


This sounds really cool.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2013



23643 Comments


so are we eventually going to be informed that this band's lead singer is a dirty rapist as well?

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2013



7162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

probably... nah let's hope not

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2013



23643 Comments


I dunno I found out they were Welsh and they kinda sound like Lostprophets so I went for the easy joke

can you tell I have very little to do right now?



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