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This shit is dark. Phonic Riot’s Angela Morrish banshee-wails like a possessed Corin Tucker, and abuses her guitar like late-’80s Sonic Youth at its most abrasive. I’m sure Sean Gray, one of the dudes behind Fan Death Records and now 2,632 Tapes, wouldn’t put the inaugural release of the latter label in such indie-canon terms. In a press release, Morrish’s voice is described as “part Elizabeth Cotton’s aggressiveness and part Catherine ‘Weena’ Truscelli’s beautiful hesitancy.” That works, too.
“Run Nikki Run” is the first track from the D.C. band’s new release on the tape-only label. You can download another Phonic Riot song, “Libertina,” over at this recent One Track Mind column. Out-of-town readers: The duo has shows in Chicago and Cleveland this weekend.
DOWNLOAD: Phonic Riot – “Run Nikki Run”[audio:http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/files/2011/02/1.-Run-Nikki-Run.mp3]