April 03. 2014 | By Wayne Jessup

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No Kill offers basic, no frills indie garage rock. The NYC-based band’s secret weapon is the intoxicating vocal harmonies from guitarists Jamie Cogar and Andrew Trouwborst. New Dirt is their latest release, just out in February, and the follow up to their 2012 Loose Teeth EP finds the duo taking on a new rhythm section of Wesley Rose and Kyle Jutkiewicz. The ear-pinning feedback squeal that kicks off “Big Muff Scream” sets the tone, and the template is set with a whirlpool developing between chugging guitar lines and aforementioned harmonies. The title track is a particular high point, and while “Good” seems to steal a page from Radiohead’s “Creep”, half the excitement is trying to visualize how these songs will play out live. “Like To Meet You” rounds things off on a noir-ish note. New Dirt is the sound of a band finding it’s place in the firmament, and with all the elements in place, they’ll be worth keeping an eye on.

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