AIDS Wolf's Chloe Lum has a killer yelp, a strangled, breathless, girlish gasp that can make for a dynamic counterpoint to her band's soupy, psychotic chaos. It's one of many engaging elements on the Montreal noise crew's brand new Lovvers LP, which packs tsunamis of feedback, jerky, angular guitars, occasionally funky rhythms and a low-grade sense of panic into 25 minutes. I dig a band that knows when to keep things short and snappy, and there are tracks here (like the elastic, metallic wallop of second track Chinese Roulette, on which Lum's shredded squeal rides a raunchy bass line to delirious heights) that hint at the smouldering potential just waiting to be released. But the kids in AIDS Wolf are geeks at heart, and their tunes fare best when they exploit a sense of "Wouldn't it sound fucked up if we put these five opposing sounds together?" curiosity instead of trying to sound all aggro. I'd take experimentation, even unsuccessful experimentation, over the 11-minute formless jam that closes this disc any day.
AIDS Wolf launch the Lovvers LP at the Boat Friday (January 6).