Subdued in the grit and aggression of noise rock with the experimental fashion of post-punk, Brooklyn’s Russian Baths boast between two genres for a riveting sound on their latest release “Parasite.” The duo, comprised of Luke Koz and Jess Rees, revel in a first glimpse of sounds for upcoming releases, such as their debut full-length set to be released this year.
The lounging, opening chords are covered in grunge gearing for Koz and Rees’ dynamic culmination of vocals. Instilling the mindset of the beloved genre of grunge from the early 90’s, which catered to straying away from the mainstream, the heavy, but harmonic undertone misleads at first, but grows into an ample art.
Each verse becomes a sonic break from the overall bloodthirsty production that sparks joy from its growling distortion. Aggressively replicating the notion of a parasite, the track picks apart ideals and personifies a fanciful allusion on a bed of vicious sounds. “Have you ever had an insect burrow into your brain and force you to drown yourself? Cured a headache with a hand grenade?” queries Koz, aptly reconstructing the same violent energy converted to guitar-driven noise rock on the single. “This song is about these legitimate questions.”
“Parasite” will be on Russian Baths’ debut full-length out later this year. The band will also be showcasing at SXSW all week long.