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Doomsday Student – “Angry Christmas” Video (NSFW)

Doomsday Student are essentially heirs to the legendary noise rock depravity of Providence, RI’s Arab On Radar, whom we were given a rare opportunity to touch on a few weeks back. They’d probably bristle at that characterization, but it’s inescapable. 3/4ths of the older band’s lineup remain intact here, and thus its most noteworthy characteristics do too – specifically, Steve Mattos’s maddening guitar glossolalia and Eric Paul’s sardonic caterwauling. Drummer Craig Kureck digs hard into his thudding rhythms, but not in the metalish way common to most noise rock. There’s no onomatopoetic cold steel here. Instead, Doomsday Student squelch out their broken grooves in clammy, organic spasms. It’s deeply yucky music, and it’s awesome.

The band looks primed to carry on their gleefully antagonistic tradition with a third LP, entitled A Self Help Tragedy, some time this fall. For now, we’ve got a single release and video for “Angry Christmas.” These guys have a tradition of cartoonishly repulsive videos to match the music, and Luke Boggia’s NSFW effort for this tune does not disappoint. Pretty much everyone can agree that selfie culture is a little gross, and that grossness becomes physically manifest here, as increasingly naked amateur photographers snap cell shots of mutated neon bodies that would look at home in the pages of Charles Burns’s Black Hole if not for the nauseous colors. And the song itself holds up its end of the bargain, unsurprisingly, building to a looping crescendo that could repeat 500 times and still sound cool.

Watch the NSFW video for “Angry Christmas” below.

No release date has been set yet for A Self Help Tragedy, but the digital single for this one will be available on 9/9 via Three One G. The label will also digitally re-release A Jumper’s Handbook, Doomsday Student’s first LP, this Friday (8/26).