Hammerhead, Ethereal Killer
Young Midwestern rock at its most driving and desperate.
Known for hella intense live shows, all three albums by this Minneapolis-by-way-of-Fargo trio are available on eMusic and all three hold up oddly well. But this debut shows the young band at its most panicked, most driving, most desperate (yet catchy riffs reside in every tunelet). All cold nights, lonely roads and dumped bodies, this is noise rock as the sort of noir the Coen brothers channeled in their movie named after Hammerhead's hometown. Perhaps the band most likely to stuff a pal into the wood-chipper over a mistaken take-out order.