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At the heart of HEADS. is a gripping need to speak, and it's expressed in capital letters -- a desire to tell stories and influence minds. The multi-national trio's latest communication, the upcoming full-length PUSH, is uttered in a brusque dialect that's easy to learn and hard to master. Give it a try now: we're streaming the noise-rock-meets-post-punk opus now in full.

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PUSH delivers a hard-driving assault that uses its consistent sound as a jumping-off point for experimentation. Tracks like "Paradise" and "Loyalty" drop the normal backbeat at points, leaving behind an aching emptiness, while the ending crawl of "Rusty Sling" runs right into the uptempo d-beat of "Nobody Moves and Everybody Talks." The indignant spoken-word diatribes of guitarist/vocalist Ed Fraser, whose disaffection is ever so infectious, weave around the sinewy core of the band's sound: Chris Breuer's dominant, fascinating bass work and Nic Stockmann's immutable grooves, laid out with clockwork precision and signature intensity. Ed's guitar, oscillating between ambient pads and critical riff-deliverance, clatters and clangs according to its own timeline, serving as melody or dissonance where needed.

Dressed in stark contrast and shaped by pragmatism, the album art of PUSH reveals little about its concept or direction. Yet, there's a message here: the album's title commands attention, the lyrics are formed more from sentences than rhyming couplets, and the band's name concludes the cover like a sentence, complete with its own punctuation. Even though the record's tones are shrouded in industrial darkness, the narrative force behind it can light a path through the haze: this is an album to be listened to while clutching the jacket, studying every syllable.

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PUSH releases May 29th via Glitterhouse Records.

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