CORNERS: MAXED OUT ON DISTRACTIONS

February 9th, 2015 | Album reviews

(reposted to spread word on the Echoplex show on Tue., Feb. 10!)

CORNERS
Maxed Out on Distractions
Lolipop

Saw these guys live and kept thinking of Zounds—dark, desperate, aggressive, cynical and British. And each of those adjectives is at work on this superlatively produced LP Maxed Out, which is the kind of luxurious listen you get when the band includes a bunch of studio engineers all on the same mission. But it doesn’t sound like Zounds very much. Instead, Corners are somewhere between blacked-out and black hole across a set of goth-punk-wave songs a la 154 Wire, Joy Division, Xymox, Xmal and early Cure. Corners understand how those songs were put together, which involved a lot of disciplined less-is-more-ism, and so Maxed Out is a spare, stark and complex album. Final track “Spaceships” is an uncharacteristically guitar-led song—most of the rest of Maxed is synth after perfectly recorded synth and relentless martial basslines. (“Caught In Frustration” for an unsettling example.) A consistently sophisticated, considered album with bursts of anger or exhilaration timed like a horror movie.

—Chris Ziegler

CORNERS WITH ADULT BOOKS, DEATH VALLEY GIRLS AND GIRL TEARS ON TUE., FEB. 10, AT THE ECHOPLEX, 1154 GLENDALE BLVD., ECHO PARK. 7:30 PM / $10 / ALL AGES. GET TICKETS HERE!