King of Dirt 12”
Grind is a highly convoluted scene, with so many bands to choose from, each attempting to be faster, harder, indeed grindier. One band doing well at that is Sick/Tired, who I’ve had my eye on for some time. Featuring members of MK Ultra and Weekend Nachos, who’ve been relatively prolific in their early days, have now putting out their first full-length/12”, ‘King of Dirt’. And it doesn’t disappoint, blasting away with intensity but not afraid to get involved in some grooves. It gets off to a corking start with ‘Corrosive Outburst/Anointed’ being one of the undoubted highlights, as it shifts from the former into the latter with ease, showing they know a good riff or two when not going full speed. Later they go full pelt into a cover of the early Corrosion of Conformity song ‘Rabid Dogs’, and ‘Who Cares?’ is another prime example of how to open with a slow riff before sawing the listener’s face off. Whether they’re going fast or occasionally slow, ‘King of Dirt’ feels like the culmination of the best bits of their shorter releases being gathered together to form one mighty slap across the chops. Lovely jubbly.