Take A Worm For A Walk Week
(The Monroe Transfer)
Mathcore, Hardcore, Punk
Ink and Dagger, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Locust
Take A Worm For A Walk Week (T.A.W.F.A.W.W) was a short-lived band from Glasgow Scotland. This four-piece ensemble released a couple EP's and two full length albums; 2006’s Self-Titled and 2008’s The Monroe Transfer. Their earliest work is best described as experimental hardcore or noise rock that is relentless and unforgiving. Especially the Self-Titled album, it doesn’t let you come up for air, it’s just pure chaos in the ears. We are focusing on their final release The Monroe Transfer, this album is still chaotic to the core, but there is some growth and expandability into different genres, like math rock and progressive hardcore. Our editors are split on this one, so we’re turning the dial to 5.5, you either love this style of music or can’t stand it.
The insanity on this record is a total of 16:30 minutes long and it’s the prefect length, any longer and we would be pulling our hair out. It is thirteen songs ranging from forty seven seconds to two minutes. As we mentioned earlier, they show some maturity here, if you want to call it that. The music is more accessible as they throw in some intense math rock elements; just listen to "Snuffleupagus," "Sarbini" and "Ringsting" with their start-stop action. We hear some diversity on the track "Lips, Eyes and Arseholes," it actually has a bluesy rhythm section and is one the best cuts here. The vocalist Joseph Quimby, has a Mike Patton meets Dimitri Minakakis of Dillinger Escape Plan feeling, not that he is in any way close to the legendary Patton, it’s the chaotic nature in his vocals. Moving on, we come across a remake of Devos "Whip It," it is very entertaining and only lasts a 1:46, taking just the meat of the song, (we believe there is a horn in there somewhere). And the grueling "Pumpkin Pie" actually has some sludge thrown into the mix of all this hardcore, it’s a pretty good touch.
So there you have it, a short review for a short album. The now defunct (T.A.W.F.A.W.W) has put out an unusual release that will appeal to some and will turn others off, either way there is some impressive musicianship here. We actually would have been intrigued to see where they could have taken the band if they stuck around, as the members have moved on to pursue other music ventures. - 7/15/2014
Standout Tracks: Lips, Eyes and Arseholes, Pumpkin Pie