Triumph Of Lethargy Skinned Alive To Death

Earlier this year, Triumph of Lethargy frontman Spencer Moody told SW, “Triumph is not for listeners. Triumph is for the people playing the music, and it's for our listening.” It’s a sentiment a lot of artists pay lip service to, but in the case of Triumph it rings (and howls, and bellows, and grates) true. Moody and guitarist Corey J. Brewer, along with a rotating cast of collaborators, make consistently abrasive albums which lurch from painfully stripped-down dirges to explosions of brittle, bitter noise. Their latest, Some of Us Are in This Together, shows no sign of making any concessions to the hypothetical listener. It’s ten songs of spittle and bile from Moody’s beard to your face, propelled by rumbling drums and dissonant guitars, with song titles like “Hey Asshole” and “No Hope Here.” As ever, Moody is more likely to assault his audience than indulge it—and that’s exactly why we love him. With Blood Red Dancers, John Atkins. ERIC GRANDY

Sat., Feb. 19, 10 p.m., 2011

 
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