Listening to Joint D≠‘s latest, Satan Is Real Again, Again, or: Feeling Good About Feeling Good About Bad Thoughts, is not something I recommend while jacked up on half a pot of strong coffee. The album’s so tightly wound, you’ll find yourself grinding your teeth and tensing up in your chair, wondering when it’s going to relent.
Here’s the secret: it doesn’t. From start to finish, through all nine songs, Joint D≠ moves with coiled rhythms, shredding your nerves while they’re attacking their guitars. It’s almost as if the band has decided that the intensity from their first album, Strike Gently, needed to be cranked up and spewed forth in greater quantities.
Of course, the downside to this is that if you didn’t care for their debut, you’ll really hate this one, but the upside is that Satan Is Real Again takes all of the characteristics of Strike Genetly and focuses them to create a distillation of that vision. In other words, if you liked that record, you’ll fucking love this one.
It can be had on LP from the Sorry State store, who have exclusive version, limited to 165 copies on clear smoke-colored vinyl (with some red streaks), featuring an obi strip screened on transparent vellum. It’s also on black.