There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Standout Track: No. 2, “Corpse Reviver,” a stomping, sludgy rager that combines the chug-a-chug bombast of hardcore punk with the thick, slow riffage of sludge metal—fittingly, the trio calls the sound “funeral grunge.” Singer-guitarist Beck Levy honed her screaming skills fronting Turboslut, and she sounds fiercely determined when she shrieks, “I will be inside that pretty head/You will never be alone again.”
Musical Motivation: Levy, 24, says she’s always been inspired by how capitalist structures affect personal relationships, and Mostly in Sickness is an album about romance—kinda. “Corpse Reviver” is about “recognizing the part of yourself that wants to trample the autonomy of people around you to keep them close to you…and forsaking the desire,” the Mount Pleasant resident says. She wrote the tune in the spring, but the time of year—pitted against themes of post-breakup emotional frailty—doesn’t serve its usual metaphorical function here. “Spring is the season of death,” Levy sings. “Eat my heart so I won’t be born again.”
Pressure Point: The song’s name comes from Levy’s experience with alternative medicine. “Acupuncture has been my primary care for the last seven years, and it’s been totally awesome,” she says. Levy had been struggling to treat chronic pain issues for some time, and she says that acupuncture’s holistic take on health changed her life. Apparently her music, too: Levy was working on “Corpse Reviver” and grappling with its themes when she went to see her acupuncturist. “She did the corpse reviver point on my wrist and explained to me it was a reviving point,” Levy says. —Leor Galil
“The Gift performs with the NRIs and Union of Sgt. Teddy at Fort Reno on July 18 at 7:15 p.m.