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Sometimes the best stuff comes out of strategic planning, sometimes the best stuff comes out when no one’s looking. For a band built on spontaneity, Exploded View sure have had been working their way up to this project.

Situated between Mexico City and Berlin, this ‘supergroup’ are playing their first show at SXSW in Austin, Texas, this Friday (March 18th), helmed by Sacred Bones Records. Playing alongside the equally dark Lust For Youth and Blanck Mass, their raw dub-infused post-punk will be no stranger to the crowd.

Their sound has been built up on years of experience, pockets of energy all situated in the right place. Two of the other members previously played backing for singer Anika’s solo project; the Berlin/Bristol former political journalist’s debut emerged in 2010 on Stones Throw Records and Invada, the label helmed by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow (who she collaborated with prior). Among the self-penned songs sat covers of The Kinks, Bob Dylan and Yoko Ono, all remodelled into icy, minimalist creeping death anthems, like Nico fronting the Young Marble Giants in an underground ice cavern.

During a rehearsals for a show in Mexico, March 2014, Exploded View was born out of a surprising relationship between Anika and her band, discovering a new sound evolved from the subdued-ness of her debut. A recording session swiftly followed, every second being put on tape with no time for multiple takes, just straight improvisation.

Due to be released this summer, ‘No More Parties In The Attic’ is the first glimpse of this session to see the light of day. A nihilistic expression of fortitude, Anika’s icy vocals look down on the rhythmic work taking place. Robotic basslines shudder repetitively along, hardened synths appear and disappear until they start to layer on top of each other. The rhythm stubbornly refuses to change, all that happens is things build and build until they fall away come the song’s close, a harsh vision of desolate landscapes, greys and burning reds, crashing steel and unnerving tension. It’s an incredibly promising sound building on the wonderful post-punk already being delivered by the likes of Ought and Iceage, but where those bands prefer to unleash destruction, Exploded View prefer to just watch it take place.

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Lee Whear

Young punk full of love, hoping they've got enough tobacco left when the revolution comes. Canterbury Christchurch University graduate, previous work has appeared in thnksfrthrvrw, Hitsville U.K., Bearded Magazine, and God Is In The TV Zine.