Child Bite – The Living Breathing Organ Summer (Joyful Noise/Forge Again)

Starting as it means to go on, you are instantly led into Child Bite's dirty world

Released Jul 22nd, 2010 via Joyful Noise / By Suzi Ireland
Child Bite – The Living Breathing Organ Summer (Joyful Noise/Forge Again) Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, this band of slightly unhinged men bring a fusion of punk, mega-angst rock and the avant-garde with their third full length offering The Living Breathing Organ Summer. Wearing their influences on their collective sleeve, the sneeringly named Child Bite hit us with a grower that’s worth the effort.

Starting as it means to go on, you are instantly led into their dirty world. Menacing and damn-right frightening noises hit you from all directions before frantic vocals from Shawn Knight embark on a furious tirade not far removed from the Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafro at his most intimidating.

All songs are tight and compact, never meandering for too long but with plenty of psychedelic mash ups to keep those of us who like things a bit weird, interested. ‘Paws Perilous’ is a prime example with its groovy, carnivalesque mood and nice little tangent into an almost jazz break down, Mr Bungle-style.

Stand out tracks ‘Black Pyramid Mausoleum’ and ‘Grotesque Holiday’ hark back to days of yore when the Jesus Lizard and Fugazi were the coolest discordant sounds you would hear on the airwaves, monged freakouts included. Most tracks have a sprinkling of the Pixies good influence in the sense that they are properly crafted songs, designed for rocking a crowd but also powerful and engaging on record.

In amongst all the punkish ponderings and rebel rants, the tracks are laden with hooks and after a few listens you find yourself shouting along and searching for gig tickets online, eager to see if their bark is as big as their studio bite. Rocking.