Valley Of The Sick & The Stupid, by Minus9 came in a limited edition DigiPak from Flying Blood Records. The Digi-Pack is white with black lettering, featuring a juice box, cell phone wielding illustration of a overweight man’s belly line on a field that is reminiscent of an American flag. ‘Murica.
Minus9 hail from Ypsilanti, MI. They have a sound that is a mix of hardcore punk, thrash and grindcore. All of this comes in the 2 man package made up of Andrew Claydon on Vocals/Bass and Steve Marton on drums. The uniquely energetic sound they create is distinct, raw, and aggressive. I have had the fortune of catching these guys live multiple times, and they are consistently excellent. Every show I have caught from them has been super tight, well rehearsed and full of energy from start to finish. This CD was a glimpse into that world! The first song is 4 seconds long, with a title that literally fills over half of the back of the CD case. Absurd, and hilarious!
The bass tones on the CD represent the duality of Andy’s tone well. Bass and distortion mix, creating the semblance of guitar – mixed at just that right spot over the drums. The drums carry the energy powerfully, leading the way, with strong blast beats and cymbal explosions. Lyrically Valley of The Sick & The Stupid takes a stroll down the middle of the American landscape. Juice boxes, Robin Williams, and how to build a pipe-bomb all make an appearance giving you a journey into the dark humor these 2 share.
CD/Stream/Download available at the Bandcamp Link Here.