• antikaroshi 11 Songs Mostly Written and Played On Wednesday Evening (LP, £17.50)

    label: exile on mainstream

    THE ANTIKAROSHI present their fourth album on Exile On Mainstream, making their own existence a topic and questioning their approaches in a much more self-referential attitude than ever before.  On their previous recordings, the band established themselves as a band with longevity, a band who draw upon their roots in DC punk and hardcore but rework the ideas to create music that is at times unexpected and always unconventional.  In fact, the three-piece hailing from Potsdam, Germany is the very antithesis of convention, and on their brand new album they take it one step further.  The result is once more an album presenting songs which travel through emotional landscapes, break out, reunite, collaborate, swim in melodies and crawl through disharmonics, bringing us knee-deep wallowing in the downward spiral that is categorisation.  They rock hard but stay away from typical “Rock Codes”, turning the song into a track and vice versa, yet avoiding mainstream stereotypes.

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