The latest from new Reykjavik-based label Eyewitness Records is a three-song thumper of a self-titled tape from Grav Spee. The cassette opens with “Eating Out”, an electro pounder that includes some industrial-metallic-like top end flourishes to give the entire thing a very “otherness” quality, something you can’t quite put your finger on, something both familiar and yet… just slightly off in a way that connects with your most primal fight-or-flight neurons. Do you like it? Do you hate it? Are you afraid of it? To me it bypasses both the fight and flight options and freezes me solid like a deer in the headlights, unable to look or turn away as a ton of steel and plastic bears down on me doing 60 mph.
“Carpull 55” does away with any pretense and hits like a wrecking ball driven by a mechanical beat, a beat that at times takes on an edge of distortion, running hot and destructive. “Mongo” is like being submerged underwater, sealed inside a steel drum that someone keeps banging on from outside, metallic and with the sound waves distorted by their travel through the fluid.
Give Grav Spee a listen on Bandcamp HERE. As of this point it appears there are still cassettes available as well, though it’s limited to only 25 copies so it probably won’t be around for long.