New York’s Human Toilet are a dirty-sounding, slightly scuzzy band, as befits their name. Their self-titled debut LP is currently rocking my speakers, sounding very much like the trio’s harnessed the energy of early New York proto-punk acts like the Dolls and combined it with the low end pulse of post hardcore acts like the Jesus Lizard and Helmet. This is rock ‘n’ roll that understands it needs to hit you smack-dab in the middle of the chest to get you to listen. Tracks like “The Flirt” even come close to the likes of Urge Overkill’s sneeringly tuneful lyrics, then immediately revert to smartly declamatory hardcore of “Low Life.”
Human Toilet is available on black vinyl LP (limited pressing of 500), download, or as super-duty audiophile 24 bit/96 kHz WAV and FLAC files on DVD. The album recorded direct to analog tape, meaning this is one of the rare DIY punk releases that will actually sound better on vinyl (analog to analog, you see). There’s a release show for the album in NYC this Friday, and you can get details at the Human Toilet Facebook page.