The reclusive Bloomington Dry Socket was known by word of mouth for their blistering (and secret) live shows. The duo recorded one demo back in 2011 but was never released. "Violator" is a completely new rework of the 2011 demo.
Dry Socket has a very rhythmic sound. Side A sees conventional percussion with some very unconventional synth and organ combinations, along with an infectious vocal melody. Side B favors a gritty, pulsing slab of noise and junk metal for the rhythm section, while bands of wildly oscillating feedback hang in the air above.
Dry Socket recalls the first wave of industrial music - Psychic TV and SPK are good reference points, along with newer artists such as German Army and Helm.
The members of the band are known for other projects - Michael Anderson is the figurehead of the Bluesanct label and performs as the ambient industrial project Drekka. Dylan Ettinger has released several albums under his own name on labels such as Not Not Fun, Digitalis Limited and NNA Tapes.
REVIEW BY FRANS DE WAARD AT VITAL WEEKLY -
"They sound like good ol' industrial music, right from the very start. The B-side with its metallic percussion maybe Z'EV, Neubauten or SPK, while the more electronic first side it's all a bit more Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire. Four lengthy pieces of noise, rhythm, vocals - all through a bunch of sound effects for extra gritty textures. I love it! It made me wanna shout along, and go down in the basement and try this myself. It sounds very old fashioned and normally that's not a recommendation I guess, but here it works wonderfully well. Long live those new small synths!"
released May 9, 2014
Dry Socket is Michael Anderson and Dylan Ettinger. Mastered by Mkl Drekka for 4K sound.