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Arizona’s Destruction Unit

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Jaime Monzon

Destruction Unit’s Ryan Rousseau, taking the headset mic to new aural and oral frontiers


Their first release of 2013, Void, is a noisy but straight-ahead rock record, like the Black Angels on crank. But their second go in 2013, Deep Trip, hones in on the band’s live experience, nine tracks of ungodly psych-punk with names like “Slow Death Songs,” “The Church of Jesus Christ” and “The World on Drugs.”

The “desert” descriptor gets tossed around a lot here in San Antonio to describe Alamo City duo Lonely Horse. The band’s done it, I’ve heard it at the bar and lord knows we’ve dropped it in some Current ink. But where the SA outfit vibes on the spiritual trips and self-discovery of Texas’ Chihuahuan plateau, Destruction Unit reflects the violence and white heat of Arizona’s Sonoran. When the “desert” lends itself to Destruction Unit, it’s Fata Morganas with bad intentions, running out of gas on I-8 and house shows in 120-degree heat.

Though they don’t conform to much more than their artistic drive, the Destruction Unit members operate under the loose confines of chaos theory, where turbulence and feedback reign. As the drums and bass try to keep it all together, the guitarists and noisemakers take the song’s initial conditions and jettison out into new and noisy space.

Destruction Unit feat. Burnt Skull, Cannibal Bitch, Fruit Punch and DJ Smoak

$5
8pm Mon, June 2
Silkwörm Gallery
1906 S Flores
(210) 607-1322

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