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Child Bite

Andi Hendrick

Child Bite, S.N.A.F.U., Den, Mine Collapse 

When: Sat., July 30, 8 p.m. 2016
When you see a Housecore Records logo on the back of an LP sleeve, you need to know what you’re getting yourself into: the New Orleans-based label is run by polarizing Pantera front man Philip H. Anselmo, and it specializes in all sorts of oddball extreme metal, ranging from the brutal one-man industrial onslaught of Author & Punisher to the swampy stomp of sludge pioneers Eyehategod. But Detroit’s Child Bite, who released their new record Negative Noise via Housecore earlier this year, come from a different angle. These zany punks kneel at the altar of Dead Kennedys, with singer Shawn Knight channeling Jello Biafra’s eccentricities—right down to his wobbly, strained yowl—while guitarist Brandon Sczomak does his best East Bay Ray by refusing to let any twangy guitar chord stay put for too long. It’s refreshing to hear a band eschew expectations so loudly and proudly, going for spazzed-out circus punk rather than the damaged bite of its labelmates. And if it’s the 80s-era Alternative Tentacles sound you want, these are the guys to get it from—Child Bite are by far a better act to catch than the current, Jello-less version of Dead Kennedys hitting the road these days.
— Luca Cimarusti
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