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+DOG+ - Public Disgrace (Placenta)

+DOG+ Public Disgrace Placenta
27 October 2011

+DOG+ have many faces, but less frequently documented is their intense live show. Public Disgrace compiles three live recordings from a stellar lineup consisting of +DOG+ mastermind Steve Davis, Ed Nervo (ex-Final Solution), Lob (Instagon), Geordan and Bobby. (On a side note, I actually saw +DOG+ perform once around late 1999/early 2000 at Al’s Bar in Downtown LA where Bobby’s performance was so violent he damaged a house mic and poor Steve had to pay for it.)

“Sayings,” recorded in Sacramento, CA, displays +DOG+ at their very best with 14 minutes of static, amplified electronics, various effects and Bobby’s unmistakable vocals echoing through the collage of frequencies. Recorded in Los Angeles, CA, “Knots” ups the intensity with darker tones and Bobby screaming like crazed homeless man in an alley. The final title track, also recorded in LA, is an eight-minute blast of churning metal-on-metal grinding that barrages the room with sonic violence right to the very end.

When it comes to noise, +DOG+ are the undisputed kings of the West Coast, and Public Disgrace only heightens their status, showing that their live set can easily match anything they assemble in the studio. All hail the mighty +DOG+!!!