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"Little Claw was born in Detroit, Michigan during the Great Eastern Seaboard blackout of 2003. Having nothing to do, nowhere to go, Heath Heemsbergen and Kilynn Lunsford began playing their acoustic guitars and singing into the darkness. An auspicious beginning to be sure. Even now, Little Claw are still strumming and screaming into the void. Formed originally with Jamie Easter from the Piranhas on drums, the band played a string of shows, starting with their debut performance with legendary Ohio art-punks the Bizarros, which then led to the recording of the first Little Claw LP with Warn Defever (His Name Is Alive) The album was released by Ypsilanti records in 2005. Jamie left the band in the summer of 2005 and after one show as a duo, Hendrik Deherder joined up on the drums. A second LP was recorded with Matthew Smith (Outrageous Cherry) in his Hamtramck living room mid-2006 and was subsequently released by Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label in 2007. Later that year, there was a release of a split 7" single with Michael Yonkers on X! records. Little Claw's move from the urban nightmare of Detroit to the more subtle cloudy terrors of Portland, Oregon prompted some more augmentations to the line-up: Adam Svenson (of Seattle improv band Du Hexen Hase) took over the caveman beat on the drums, freeing up Henrik to bang the synth and add additional percussion. On the road and on recordings, the Little Claw sound is graced by the touch of Toledo native, Damon Sturdivant (Puffy Areolas, Tyvek) on additional percussion and synth."
"But what do they sound like anyway? They sounded like the greatest godammned fucking band on the planet the time we saw 'em. Two minimalist drummers, a guitar dude with a nice underhook rhythm rip and a girl with a badass no wave slather tongue tearing hell out of her slide guitar given half the chance. And not all hellbent rage either -- some nice licorice melt drizzle crud groove too. Fuckin' awesome."
-- Thurston Moore
Spit And Squalor Swallow The Snow
CD version of 2007 release on Ecstatic Peace!
's batter-rock style provokes a lot of aggression on both sides of the audience/performer divide. Originally from Michigan, they relocated soon after this album to the moister turf of Portland, Oregon (home of
, etc). Little Claw's rituals are tribal, their tongues unknown, and their recordings for XL, Siltbreeze, Ypsilanti and other labels have taken maximum r&b in many bizarre directions. This CD reissues a newly-mastered version of their second LP, originally issued by Ecstatic Peace! in 2007. It is a monster of form-disruption and includes some of
's most easily comprehended songs. Beauty wears many skins. Here's the proof.
NOT NOT FUN
"Portland, OR-by-way-of-Michigan garage gang Little Claw first tripped our radar with their self-released
7 inch, which was/is raw and physical and swingin' in all the ways you want a 7" to be. Their LA live shows proved even more ripping and charged; we were sold. So we sprung at the offer to enshrine their latest (and best) album,
, on vinyl for the world's turntables to adore. Packed with classic, cracked anthems ('Frozen In The Future,' 'Colors You Drown'), basement weirdo stompers ('Modern Vampire,' 'Breathing Tape,') and naked art-punk riddles ('Lay To Waste,' 'Summerphile'), the LP's two sides are slyly sequenced to seduce, blind, and devour, demonstrating a rad range of attacks, escapes, claws, tongues. It's a great late summer record: between styles, beyond genres, and aggressively alive. Taste theTaste. Black vinyl LPs in jackets with art designed by the band, plus a pro-printed, double-sided 11x17 poster/insert. Edition of 600. CD edition available on Ecstatic Peace."
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