Come Holy Spirit - Asters And Disasters
Formed in 2012 in Pittsburgh PA, Come Holy Spirit wields the age-old trifecta of guitar, bass, and drums in unexpected configurations.
The songs embody a complex aggregate of musical influences, ranging from the angular deconstructivism of early experimental anarcho-punk (think Dog Faced Hermans and Poison Girls) to the tender repetition of far-flung folk music. Gina Favano's (John Denver's Airplane, Beware The Blunted Needle) bass playing lies somewhere between a thunder storm and a runaway train. And her striking vocal range alternately spits and croons a shrewd critique through a caul of poetry, while Sam Pace (Centipede Eest, Rickety Records) incorporates unconventional percussion with elaborate poly-rhythms to add another layer of tonal melody to the mix. The trio is completed and complimented with Aaron Lindberg's (Hex, Garmonbozia) sometimes percussive scratchy guitar work, sometimes melodic and patient with bouts of blistering heaviness.
After two self released efforts, Asters And Disasters marks their third album and their first on Water Wing. The album's six songs (seven including the digital download bonus track!) run the gamut of anthemic joy and punishingly noisy mayhem, all the while never losing the groove. Two songs "Elephantine" and “Essayons” feature the iconic voice of GW Sok (The Ex, King Champion Sounds) who was given the song titles and a peek into the imagery that was swirling around Favano's head when the songs were named. Sok took the germs of ideas, wrote the lyrics and performed them on the album.
"This is the kind of record I often wish would get sent in but rarely does, and then I realize there aren't many records like this. This is a band that comes out of punk but brings their own specific worldview of DIY and originality to the table rather than rehashing a 25 year old hardcore record. CHS from Pgh is immediately heavy, creepy, innovative, and inspiring ... " Greg Harvester, Maximum Rocknroll
Cover photo by underground filmmaker Bill Daniel.
US import; pressing of 300 copies; includes download card (with bonus track)