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Oozing Wound, Rectal Hygienics, Running, Lil Tits 

When: Mon., March 7, 9 p.m. 2016
Over their six-plus years together, Running have never much let on like they could give two fucks. Instead, the snide and abrasive trio of local boys have always seemed more bent on creating misshapen towers of screaming noise girded by skronky guitar feedback that less resembles fingernails on a chalkboard than jigsaws on a pristinely restored ’57 Chevy Bel Air convertible. And though it’s easy to swoon over Running’s erratic tempos, rapidly churning bass, and smeared, unintelligible vocals—courtesy of bassist/vocalist Matthew Hord—there are so many instances in which the racket coalesces and the members chug along in a powerful and intimidating unison. On their filthy new full-length Wake Up Applauding (Castle Face), opening track “Reclaimed Would” and deep-cut “Ghost Bag” seem to amass clatter as they relentlessly move ahead, almost like a battalion of rogue tanks gaining speed as they careen downhill, while on “Speed Camera” shards of noise slice through the core of the track as the band seem 100 percent satisfied with gnashing its sound to bits. It’s an album so wholly unconcerned with being attractive and desirable that that in turn makes it attractive and desirable. Or, you know what, maybe I’m overthinking the whole thing. Tonight acts as both the record-release show for Wake Up Applauding and a fond farewell for drummer Kyle Reynolds, who plays his last show with headliners Oozing Wound. Running play second—bookended by Rectal Hygienics and Lil Tits—so get there early. Chances are great that their set will not exceed 15 minutes in length, as is their way.
— Kevin Warwick

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