Every Record I Own - Day 254: Constant Lovers True Romance
If you live outside of Seattle, you’ve probably never heard of Constant Lovers.
Don’t let the name or album art deceive you. This self-released debut from 2011 is an ugly slab of serrated, percussive skronk. The guitars are piercing and stabby. The bass is crunchy and mean. The drums… well, there are drums everywhere. There is plenty of negative space in Constant Lovers, but there are always thunderous toms and martial snare roles barreling across those empty voids.
Bonus selling points: Ben Verellen (Helms Alee, Harkonen) is their current drummer and vocalist/guitarist Joel Cuplin played in the sadly underrated art-punk troupe Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death as well as the Michael Gira-approved baroque goth outfit Suffering & the Hideous Thieves.
So if you’re looking for some angular, vitriolic rhythmic punk that sounds like the intersection of Birthday Party, Dog Faced Hermans, and METZ, then I suggest investigating Constant Lovers.