Pilcrow – Fever Dreams 

Monday 24th, September 2018 / 09:37
By Matty Hume 


Toronto’s Pilcrow should be at the top of your must-see-shows list as the days get shorter and our marbles get lost. The proof is in the 16-minute barrage of experimental punk on Fever Dreams, a five-track frenzy of a well-executed bad trip. Self-described as acid punk, Pilcrow generates the jarring franticness of noisy hardcore with the technical structure of melodic metal. “Doves” is a display of your favourite head-spinning licks delivered with the ferocity of brutal power punks performing in a church basement. Pure, raw emotion is palpable in the belting vocals on “Lungs,” which make the almost mathy intro and transition into “Shapeshifter” a satisfying change of pace. Fever Dreams is fast, brutal, melancholy and technically impressive. It’s only drawback is that it’s over faster than you can snap out of a dream, cold sweat and all.

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