The UV Race / Native Cats Split 7” on Ride The Snake records
“Ten Years Transportation”
Native Cats is a two-piece act from Tasmania who, at least on this record, crank up the drone and minimal aesthetic to an almost annoying degree, until another layer of minimalistic beating is added to the mix. These guys seem paranoid on multiple levels, one of them being the fact they are afraid to change the tempo or structure of a song. That’s not a bad thing, but listeners expecting something closer to the UV Race may be disappointed. Fuck ‘em. “Ten Years Transportation” is more calculated than aggressive, driving feelings of negativity much further than a two minute punk song probably could. I didn’t see this group play at Goner Fest 9, but I heard one of the guys was playing his Nintendo DS as an instrument, and that fact alone (true or not) should be enough reason to check this out.
“Endless Summer” “Shat its self” “Wire Strainer”
Much like the Sweet Rot single that they put out in 2011, the UV’s side of this split sounds like you pulled back the curtains to a house in the suburbs and stuck a microphone in a room full of Australians tripping acid. That is until the drums kick in and you’re reminded how versatile this group really is. After a few shouts of what sound like “shat its self, shat its self” amongst harsh guitar noise, the second song is over. I kind of wish I didn’t read the song explanations, because “Wire Strainer” is pretty depressing, especially coming from a guy whose lyrics normally are about hemorrhoids, Nazis or burning house pets. Either way it’s a stellar track that probably could have made it on the Autonomy and Deliberation LP. The record closes with more LSD-influenced ramblings, without being “trippy” about it. Recommended.
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