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In this week’s Washington City Paper—-our annual Best of D.C. issue—-I’ve got all kinds of praise for Cricket Cemetery Records, which over the last year has grown from a great boutique hardcore label into, um, a great boutique hardcore-plus-other-stuff label. Cricket Cemetery has a bunch of releases the spring, and selections from most of them are currently streamable on the label’s Bandcamp hub. Coming up from the label: new stuff from Arlington thrash/hardcore act ROTE HEXE, a Beasts of No Nation/LTW split, and more LTW.
Turn your dial first to this, the debut 7-inch from bleak, noisy power duo Washerwoman, whose members used to play together as Phonic Riot. What you got is more or less what you’ll get, and that’s a good thing: Singer/guitarist Angela Morrish and drummer Nathan Jurgenson are still pumping out purgative art-abuse epics. Listen to “Burn the Veil” and “Father” below. The Washerwoman 7-inch is out on Cricket Cemetery May 1.