Awesome Feeling 6: Grass Cannons ‘Cat Hair’

From the Vet Dream EP, ‘Wendy’s’ stuck on the 95bFM top 10 charts for about eleven weeks (six of them at number one) – making them the current record holders on Auckland student radio. Here on The Corner, it showed up as one of our higher rated panel-review singles this year. Its accessibly jagged post-punk rhythm would probably be the point of recognition for most listeners, but, as impressive as it is, it’s not the best representation of the prevailing Grass Cannons sound. The adventurous melodies of ‘Wendy’s’ do, however, reflect Grass Cannons’ experimental ability – one of many things about this band that is heightened especially by the fact that no-one else is doing it. ‘Cat Hair’ distills this same adventurous knack and shows off Grass Cannons as they truly are: a basketball team of Gregorian monks with C4 strapped to their stomachs. With a determined thumping at 1:11, shits stop being given and guts explode all over the walls in a mess of reverb-coloured glory. Technical ability, as overrated as it is, makes for incredible music when four of its disciples come together in this kind of way when most others have discarded it. The hyperbole is warranted after so many years of seeing this band try and fail tragically, often veering dangerously close to an untimely end. Their disastrous set at Campus A Low Hum in 2011 with band member punch-ups nearly tearing them apart for good would never have predicted this, but here they are. Now that their shit is sorted, their potential is proven and they’re more than the sum of their extremely talented parts.

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From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. The Corner decided to pick up on that for the fifth volume and we’re back again for round six. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.

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