Three One G
Release Date: November 27, 2015
Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox, Head Wound City) has a history of dabbling in electronic music. Read his book How to Lose Friends and Irritate People for stories of his work with the Bloody Beetroots and Designer Drugs. Since then he’s done electronic work as All Leather and most recently collaborated with Luke Henshaw (of Penguin Studio) on the soundtrack to the movie Incompresa (which Pearson also acts in). Continuing with Henshaw on Planet B, this 7” is an audio assault in the form of two tracks of doom inspired angry electronic music.
The a-side “Join A Cult” features a buzzing sound that could either be a buzz saw or a swarm of bees as one of the main noise elements. Pearson’s yelling over the top is familiar, but the sci-fi movie soundtrack behind it as unexpected as you would expect from one of the most creative forces in punk rock. The title track “Wrong Utopia” has a whistle for its main melody. It’s dark and haunting until its abrupt end.
This two track 7” is a great introduction to another creative collaboration from Pearson (who this year has managed to put out new records with Retox and Head Wound City, toured with both bands and now started the new band Dead Cross with Dave Lombardo from Slayer). The only complaint I have with Wrong Utopia is that it’s too short. I’m looking forward to what’s to come from Pearson and Henshaw in the future.
Reviewed by Rob 1340