The Midweekly – Meat Wave

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Powerful heat and vibration emanate from this record, as it spews flaming rocks down onto the skyscrapers and L trains. It’s Volcano Park, the latest EP from Meat Wave. This post-punk trio has been a fixture in the Chicago rock scene for a decade now, and they aren’t slowing down. Volcano Park may not be as lengthy or cohesive as their past efforts, but what it lacks in quantity it definitely makes up for in quality. The sound and writing style is energetic, vocally melodic in post-hardcore way, and at times ominous. Drums that constantly pound like a caffeinated heart, working in tandem with the bass, pumping blood to every corner of this album. The nerve center, a single guitar, tinny and reverberated, fires off licks that’ll hook you in, and noise that’ll scramble your senses. But Meat Wave knows when to take it down a few notches for a breather, too, like in the slow, throwback pop number “Truth Died.” The words can get abstract, even mystical like in “Yell at The Moon,” or right to the point in the anti-capitalist “For Sale.” These guys have a surprisingly original take on the hard punk sound, and they’re serving up it with mustard and peppers, windy city style. 

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