Nice Strong Arm – Mind Furnace (1988, Homestead)

More glum music for another glum news day. To be honest, I had designs on sharing this one for awhile, especially after my entry for Nice Strong Arm’s third and final platter, Stress City, garnered so much approval from you, my humble audience.  1988’s Mind Furnace was their second LP and by and large doesn’t compel like NSA’s aforementioned follow-up…but Kevin Thomson & Co. were making strides.  Overcast, dissonant, and occasionally tuneful (check out “Windowsill” and “Faucet Head”) Mind Furnace’s pessimistic stanzas went a long way in characterizing the trio’s sinewy stripe of post-punk, resulting in one of their signature songs, “Everyday an Ambulance.”  The more I think about it, you can hear heck of a lot of Nice Strong Arm in the first two Jawbox albums (Grippe & Novelty) if that’s your thing, proving these low-profile, Austin, TX outliers had a deeper reach than even they might have realized.  And yes, I’m not particularly moved by the album jacket either.

01. Windowsill
02. Everyday an Ambulance
03. A Case for the Calm
04. You’ll Never Know Me
05. Secret Languages
06. Framingham
07. Faucet Head
08. Swingset
09. Turn Me Grey
10. Centralia

Articles Origin: Nice Strong Arm – Mind Furnace (1988, Homestead)


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