Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Sprain’s As Lost Through Collision and Little Beast Brewing Company’s Wolf Camp.
The Tunes: Sprain’s As Lost Through Collision
Sprain are one of the more interesting band’s I’ve come across lately. Tracing a musical lineage that is equal parts ‘slowcore’ a la Red House Painters/Slint/et al and caustic 90’s noise rock, the four-piece have made a home for themselves among the DIY scene of Los Angeles, from which is spawned As Lost Through Collision, the band’s debut full-length and first for venerable forward-thinking label The Flenser. While much of this album may feel like a hearkening to a classic era, As Lost does much to move itself into unique territory, breaking the tension of its almost whisper-quiet moments with huge explosions of frantic dissonance and oblique chord changes. There was a conscious decision on the part of the band to move away from a sound more rooted in the slower, quiet bits towards something that reflects more of the anxiety of modern living, and it’s these unexpected shifts in tone and texture that make As Lost such a fascinating and exciting listen. It’s rare to find an album able to capture the true breadth of what the term ‘post-hardcore’ could be alluding to, but Sprain manage to capture that wide range of influences and turn them into something that pays tribute to the spirit but turns the sound into something their own.
The Booze: Little Beast Brewing Company’s Wolf Camp
Little Beast Brewing Company’s Wolf Camp is another prime example of can art sucking me in. I mean look at it: it’s just darling. And hey, there’s nothing about the words hoppy saison that steer me away either. It turns out that the hops in Wolf Camp are actually a yearly rotating series that get added to a very classic Belgian farmhouse ale to help coax new and interesting flavors from the base recipe. 2020’s batch is brewed with Galaxy hops, a mainstay of West Coast beer making, but one that’s more commonly seen (by me at least) in IPA’s than in anything more wild. Here though, the choice of Galaxy hops does serve a really good purpose; often the choice for Hazy IPA’s, the slight tropical fruit notes present in the hops accentuate the sweet, floral, and fruity characters of the yeasty base, and the slight bitterness tames the finish of the saison, which can sometimes be a little overpowering. This is the kind of beer that makes you want to get up and do a little jig, much like the wolves on the can are.
Cheers, and be good to each other,