Californian rockers Thrice are surprisingly not a three-piece. The four members, led by vocalist/guitarist Dustin Kensrue, have built up a loyal following across the US since 1998, reaching their 6th album 'Beggars' in 2009. With a liking for heavily distorted guitars and complex time signatures, they deliver an unbeatable brand of post-hardcore experimental rock.
What started as an outspoken hardcore band around four years ago, has mutated into an angular blend of sass and spitefulness. Taking cues from bands of yesteryear such as Unwound, The Jesus Lizard, and Fugazi, we find Gouge Away pulling no punches for their Deathwish Inc. debut.
Vocalist, Christina Michelle, comes with a deeper introspection on struggles with mental health, not holding back with this incredibly personal outpouring. Guitarist, Mick Ford, brings a dissonance to their sound that separates the listener from what could be expected while the rhythm section made up of Tyler Forsythe and Tommy Cantwell (who together play in the Good Fight Records band Axis) aggressively keep the songs in place.