botch 061502 (double LP, £23.25)label: hydrahead
This is the first ever vinyl pressing of 061502, capturing the band's final live performance. "This is your last chance." That statement near the tail end of the final Botch show says it all. Starting out as hardcore kids from Tacoma, Washington, over the course of eight years they morphed into one of the most iconic and influential bands of their generation. After breaking up, the members wound up in so many renowned projects (Russian Circles, Minus the Bear, These Arms are Snakes, Narrows) that some may argue Botch's mathrock/noisecore was just a stepping stone. But no one in attendance can deny feeling a void open when the stage lights went up at Seattle's Showbox on June 15th, 2002. The band had no interest in going out with some pristine, polished relic. This isn't a studio-quality recording with applause thrown in. It's a barely contained maelstrom, the band wrecking their instruments and assailing the audience.
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