Noothgrush - Live For Nothing
Despite originating from the thrash heartland of the Bay Area in San Francisco, this collection of two early Noothgrush radio sessions bears more in common with both the sludgey dirges emanating out of New Orleans and the hardcore scene of 1980s New York. The result is eighteen tracks of crawling, filthy punk, something akin to Agnostic Front in extreme slow motion. The two sessions that make up Live For Nothing are from obscure radio stations in 1996 and 1999, and capture in surprising clarity a quartet full of aggression and bile.
Live For Nothing nicely bridges that gap of being both of interest to long-time fans, whilst also being a concise introduction to these noisemongers for newcomers. Only one track is repeated across the pair, the instrumental jam 'Derrell's Porno Song' and, aside from a passable cover of Celtic Frost's 'Procreation (Of The Wicked)', shows off a wide selection of Noothgrush's catalogue in one fell swoop. It might not be the most ground-breaking or hard-hitting music to emerge from the Western seaboard, but it sure as hell gives you a right good wallop.