What's in a name? Plenty if your album's called Ruthless Sperm
. The debut LP for Italian outfit His Electro Blue Voice comes filled with cuts like "Born Tired
," all fried speaker wattage and bruising guitar tonnage. Signed to Sub Pop
and steeped in the label's glory days, the trio is lead by Francesco Mariani, whose raw-throated screams and withering, washed-out, white-noise guitar summons the ugliness of pigfuck and the blown-out sounds of shoegaze
. They remind me of Swervedriver, but you can summon your own '90s ghosts when confronted with their wall-of-noise; or, hell, maybe you might just playlist them next to Iceage
. But if you're a fan of music angry, aggressive, and distorted, then His Electro Blue Voice may sound like what's been missing in your life.