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  • Band members: Zach Hill, Spencer Seim
  • Summary: The Sacramento experimental rock band releases a new album.
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  1. Aug 30, 2011
    91
    Though Tripper lacks the noisy experimentation of the band's earlier work, it makes up for that in sheer brutality.
  2. Tripper sounds like Hill and Seim naturally hashed some tunes out--just with some better years of experience behind them to reflect back on.
  3. Feb 2, 2012
    80
    This is the most blistering set the duo have put out in a long time. [No. 81, p. 56]
  4. Aug 30, 2011
    70
    This frantic release gives them a kind of spastic, jagged sound that puts them somewhere between Lightning Bolt and an actual bolt of lightning, and makes Tripper an album that's more likely to wear listeners out physically than mentally.
  5. 60
    There are enough flashes of brilliance on Tripper to make it a great album, but unfortunately enough little moments like that electronic groove on "Kid Life Crisis" to show that there's plenty more for them to reach for.
  6. Sep 11, 2011
    60
    It's business as usual: spastic pounding, warp-speed scalar runs, and various math-rock feats of strength.
  7. Aug 29, 2011
    50
    There's a certain threshold for this kind of demanding material before it gets tiring. It's one that Tripper, staunchly dominated by an old-school style of wanky craftsmanship, crosses pretty quickly.

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