For Posterity is the second album from Toronto four-piece Ten Kens. Having not come across them before, the blurb with the release mentioned inspiration from psychedelia to hardcore, which had to make them worth a listen.
Now, we also know better than most that the blurb can often bear no relation to the sounds coming from the speakers. But not this time! Johnny Ventura, the first track from the new album is a prime example, introducing a Roky Erickson-like howl over the top of a crushing guitar riff, before stopping abruptly for a brief ethereal mid-song interlude.
It is these range of contrasts which make For Posterity such an intriguing listen. Heavenly vocals appear hauntingly over dark sludgy guitars which then themselves provide a platform for a surprisingly spiky post-punk riff, or the prelude to a screaming deluge of noise.
Take a listen to Screaming Viking and you’ll see what we mean. It’s not overly subtle, so make sure you turn it all the way up to eleven and enjoy!
The album is out on FatCat Records at the end of August.
Visit their MySpace here.
Download Ten Kens - Screaming Viking mp3 (from For Posterity)