Nooga.com reviews ‘Which is Worse’
Joshua Pickard over at Nooga.com named our new record, Which is Worse’, one of the four records you should hear this week!
“What can be gleaned from noise? Or to put it another way: What insights can be offered from a series of droning segues and arrhythmic textures? Well, the answer is that you would indeed be surprised at how inclusive these jarring sounds can actually be—just look at Chicago-based industrial noise duo Problems That Fix Themselves. Composed of Already Dead Records founder Joshua Tabbia and longtime musical collaborator Alex Borozan, this outfit wades through the hiss and static that so readily finds itself aligned with the genre, but they still manage to inject an emotional presence into their compositions that keeps them from ever falling into a preprogrammed circuital rut.
For their latest album, “Which Is Worse,” the duo looks toward something far more melodic and substantive. They’re still dealing in bent electronics and damaged noise, but the resulting rhythms are anything but jarring—at least for the most part. So while they occasionally dip back into the harsh sounds of their previous work, “Which Is Worse” finds them working through their digital and analog issues with a newfound sense of confidence and rhythmic viability. With a record as subjective as this, it’s only fair to say that each person will probably find something different to latch onto—whether it’s a damaged bit of melody or a series of interlocking drones. Tabbia and Borozan have created a noise record with a heart, and that thudding synthetic beat will have you inching closer and closer after each listen.”
-Joshua Pickard, Nooga.com
Check out the full article at Nooga.com here.