Disorder is a band from London that recently formed and just released a self-titled five-song EP Disorder. It’s dirty with grime. This isn’t the prettiest music out there and you have to be able to appreciate a little bit of chaos and dissonance in the spirit of bands like Sonic Youth and the Velvet Underground to appreciate what’s going on here.
The EP starts with an intro that’s literally called ”Intro.” White noise breaks along with an oscillating synth and a couple of cymbals. It works before the more than familiar sound of guitar and drums come into the picture on “Sum.” Right away it's as if the band is almost playing different parts but not quite. The energy is a low rumble hum that rarely comes together before feeling like it's going to fall apart. At six-and-a-half minutes long the changes are subtle. On my first listen it just felt like one long loose jam session. Subtleties and nuances start to reveal themselves the more you listen to the song.
The next song “Pieces” relies on a very similar energy as the band's sound starts to become established. Feelings of isolation and loneliness seem to be embedded in this song. I couldn’t help but think of Joy Division's more bleaker sounding tracks on Closer when listening to this.
I can’t say “Dischord” rocks out but it's about as close as the band is going to get. The drums lay really low in the mic - a little too low for my liking. The guitar sits on top of the mix here as the moderately catchy vocals are sporadically placed in the song.
The band closes with “Midtown South” On this track the main guitar squeals and trickles with notes. This may be the catchiest song of the five. I could barely understand a word of what was being said but the vocal melody was memorable.
It’s obvious to me that Disorder is a band that could care less about what music is popular at the moment. They are doing their own thing and have certainly built a sound for themselves. This is music that will reside in the underground and does have a certain segment of the population that embraces it. That may be you.
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