DUCKLING MONSTER and her veteran Dunedin racket-makers come crashing back to earth with “Programmed” - first appearing as a fragile, shrieking recording akin to a Screamers live show, but quickly revealing some real weight in their playing, this crew, sounding like a high power German automobile stuck, revving ferociously in two feet of NZ muck - the low end on drum fills and distorted guitar riff-shifts sporting all the body of peak Mainliner, their manic but somehow FOCUSED aggression conjuring a buzz equal to the first time we heard Afflicted Man - and what a buzz it is!
Side B offers more concise chaos with thumping, disturbingly catchy skits of tough synth fuckery that sounds a bit like your Der Plan Records got damaged in a flood and you tried to dry them in the microwave.
Hard to write something sincere about how happy I am to have my paws on this perfect ALTAR OF MADNESS whilst Sanjay is blaring some rap mixtape and the plumber is drilling holes in the wall and the woman running a yoga class next door is telling them both to be quiet but THIS IS THE RECORD YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. We are not programmed for your world!!!!!
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