Released on Sub Pop records, Bathroom Laughter is two and half minutes of pure noise punk brilliance that sees the band sounding a little less disjointed than they did on tracks like Human Upskirt and Dominate Yourself from their chaotic 2009 offering, King of Jeans. The band have employed the production talents of Fudgetunnel founder Alex Newport, whose sonic fingerprints are clearly felt.
What makes Bathroom Laughter so arresting is the unabashed frenzy of it all: urgent doom-laden guitars clash with unrelenting drums as vocalist Matt Korvette’s absurd sense of macho self-loathing is delivered with his usual aggression.
What sets Pissed Jeans apart from many of their noise-core contemporaries is the incongruous sense of humour in their lyrics that always seems slightly at odds with the music. “You're in the hallway screaming/ People try to get by, but you're screaming,” are quickly followed by an almost ear-piercing scream. I hope this is meant to be funny, because otherwise I’ve completely missed the point.
This article was published by Leeds Music Scene and Alternative Music Press.