Persh
persh


4.0
excellent

Review

by Conmaniac CONTRIBUTOR (67 Reviews)
August 8th, 2018 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: [insert scientific analogy here]

Persh’s first and so far only EP came as quite the surprise to me this summer. That’s not to say the quality necessarily surprised me; I’ve always known these St. Louis natives were extremely talented and ambiguously unique. No, it’s really more so the fact that this project even came into fruition. When speaking with Tom after a peculiar, hazy gig inside the abandoned warehouse we played in, I vividly remember asking him if they were ever going to record any of their songs. His reluctance and modesty baffled me at the time, after all he was and still is in the indie-twee super(b) group Shady Bug, and basically shrugged Persh off as a side-project experiment. That was back in the spring of 2017, and it’s been over a year, but I can still hear the echoing reverb of Tom’s clanging guitar tremolos in that fateful 2nd story floor within the deteriorating building. At the time I was drowned in not only the sound but also the murky pools of my own mind, kissed by the distortion, pushed by the explosions. Despite it all it was an incredibly immersive experience. Mesmerizing is perhaps a better word, as their music’s effect is extremely hard to pin down seeing how their sound confusingly rattled me that night, especially after the foot-stomping breakdown of the closer ‘panel house’.

As for the song itself, it basically sounds like they wrote an amazing intro (one that begins with a simple sludgy bass riff and soon flips into a stargazing wall of noise) and decided to repeat it for the entire length of the track. It’s inherently brilliant, though, even if you’re expecting the constant dichotomy for the 6-minute duration. Lead singer John drones on in a lulling baritone sing-talk about a design choice within both modern-day architecture and our own social inhibitions, melding the analogy together with ease ("panel house, why paint it blue / oh panel house, reflecting you"). Yet, their sound ventures into many other corners that I find extremely fascinating, whether it’s the abrasive flutterings within ‘swung’ that encapsulate into a bone-chilling yelled climax, or the tongue-in-cheek vocal delivery of ‘dead grass,’ which proves to be the most straightforward and ensnaring alt-gaze jam on the 5-song release. Although they describe themselves as a slowcore/shoegaze group, I’d be hard-pressed to justly compare them to any other group out there. Sure Tom’s own unique high-soaring guitar notes can easily be seen within Shady Bug’s music, and the rhythmic section broods on much like a Cloakroom-lite. However, this strangely engrossing experiment has never been conducted before, and if it ends as such then so be it. The EP yields a fascinating amalgamation of abrasive shoegaze fused with infectious songwriting, making me hopeful for another trial.



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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2018


23717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stream it here: https://persh.bandcamp.com/

thx granite for peepin, much love to these St. Louis buddies

Papa Universe
August 8th 2018


17712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'mma listen and give you scientific analogy alright.

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2018


23717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

report back fellow scientist

Papa Universe
August 8th 2018


17712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

and should I put it as '2018' on the Con-Papa-off?

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2018


23717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sure man!

AsleepInTheBack
August 8th 2018


5870 Comments


Lovely words here con, and tastefully incorporated personal stuff

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2018


23717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

glad you enjoyed reading, friend

Papa Universe
August 8th 2018


17712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"[insert scientific analogy here]"

lethal asbestos inhalation

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2018


23717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hahah ouch but the 3 rating is semi nice ig

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2018


8770 Comments


always the mental pos..

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2018


23717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx 4 stoppin by

Thrust!
August 8th 2018


6313 Comments


I've never heard of this band but this review is great. You have a way with the pen, my friend.

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BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2018


2563 Comments


Such a warm review, love, love, love it... Could've perhaps done more to tie the two paragraphs together -- there were some interesting ideas in the first (the setting, the pushing to the side of the project) that are abandoned in the second, but that's neither here not there. "At the time I was drowned in not only the sound but also the murky pools of my own mind, which is another way of saying how immersive their set was." The second part of this feels a bit jarring to me; you seem to set up a nice analogy but then you just explain it away.

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2018


23717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i feel like i re-bring up the whole side-project/experiment thing within the conclusion of the 2nd para, but yeah I agree with you on that analogy...may edit or may not who knows but thanks for the kind words

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2018


23717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha jk coffee helped me get a spark of inspiration, I think that reads better now !

Chortles
August 10th 2018


21280 Comments


great review con!! i like when you write about local groups you've interacted with, gives it a nice personal touch :~)

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 10th 2018


23717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha at least someone likes it! thanks tho man, much love

Aberf
August 11th 2018


2415 Comments


Why don't you alert me on this one? >

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2018


23717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oops sorry, well now u see it!



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