Can you handle garage rock? No, not the major-label FM-friendly version of basement blitzkrieg bops like the Strokes and the White Stripes. But the real toxic stuff, the kind of distortion-ridden and savage amp rage that Sub Pop began unleashing to the public in the late '80s. The duo 2ND (http://2ndtheband.com) similarly arrive with the fangs and claws bared. This is unpolished, brutally pounding hard rock, free from the glossy compromises that you see on MTV.
Featuring vocalist/guitarist Jason Morse and drummer Dave Foreman, 2ND is lean and mean, exhibiting much more power than their two-man line-up suggests. On the cleverly titled "Directly in the Path of Organized Ignorance," 2ND leap from the grunge flashback of "Heavy Heavy Metal" to the blistering garage rock of "Symptoms" without any acoustic ballads to soften the blow. Yes, these guys are merciless.
The snotty "Got a Girl" is reminiscent of the proto-punk days of the late '60s with Iggy & the Stooges while "Cheap Perfume" climaxes with the frenzied pace of Suicidal Tendencies in their skate-metal prime. Morse recalls Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins in places but more gravelly and pissed off, especially on "Wasted," where he sounds really nasty.
2ND is not for poseurs. If you're into authentic garage rock, this is it. It's loud, energetic, and ferocious. It will bite you.
author: Adam Harrington
2ND Directly in the Path of Organized Ignorance. As soon as the record opens, with its dissonant guitar feedback, memories of college-radio days began to flood back when noisy bands such as the Jesus & Mary Chain, Husker Du, and especially Dinosaur Jr. blew up the airwaves. It was at a time when the left side of the dial was only for the brave to venture into. 2ND delivers a different kind of retro rush, an '80s revival of the underground kind.
Vocalist/guitarist Jason Morse doesn't have a pretty voice. For the most part he sounds mad but this is no pathetic emo whining; this is angst from somebody whose had too much to drink and is frustrated with life. He doesn't scream; he roars. Yes, there is a difference. From beginning to end Morse and his drummer Dave Foreman (there's nobody else in the band) let it rip, producing an intoxicating (and probably intoxicated) noise that'll bust speakers around the house.
"Never Ever" and "The Calling" have slashing, piercing riffs that is captured in bruising black-and-white by the indie production. There's no coating or smoothing out of the grooves here. However, like the Seattle grunge acts of over a decade ago, 2ND manage to balance their racket with finger-snapping hooks, resulting in surprisingly catchy songs such as "Got a Girl" and "Symptoms. 2ndtheband.com
Promotions & Publicity
2ND was born when Los Angeles musician J. Morse
wanted to take elements of rock, punk, melodic metal
and instill it with his own individualistic vision to
the purest elements -- a two-piece creation that is at
first listen visceral, melodic, innovative and
evocative. Teaming up with drummer Dave Foreman, who
had honed his chops as a noted studio and touring
guitarist for such artists as Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez,
Boys to men, George Clinton and Anthony Hamilton, Morse found a means to bring all his year
of songwriting into a band that is creatively
exploratory, accessible and instantly compelling.
From the soft to white-knuckle dynamics of album
opener “Heavy Heavy Metal” to the searing driving
blissed-out frenzy of “Cheap Perfume,” 2ND builds
sonic landscapes that hit you with intensity of an
technicolor supernova. On songs like the instrumental
“The Calling,” volcanic, textured layers and
crescendos fuse together over Morse’s beatific,
swelling, droning guitar playing and Foreman’s
airtight and poly rhythmic drumming.
Recorded by engineer and Grammy winning producer Bruce Bouillet, who had just come off his big win with Motorhead welcomed the chance to work with Dave and Jason on
“Directly in the path of organized ignorance”. 2ND
welcomes the listener to a sound that is innovative,
evolving and accessible. Vying for new heavy melodic
landscapes, 2ND will deliver the listener to these
Directly in the Path of Organized Ignorance
by Karla Ash
Basic, in-your-face garage-stomping hard rock with enough chainsaw guitars and crashing drums to crack bedroom windows, the Los Angeles band 2ND make simple statements with the power of a 747. This is straightforward, unpretentious underground punk metal with the melodic accessibility of grunge. The duo of Jason Morse and Dave Foreman generate heat and hooks like a young Nirvana without Kurt Cobain’s stream-of-consciousness poetics and Beatles pop sensibilities. The first cut, “Heavy Heavy Metal,” summarizes 2ND’s philosophy - crank up the amps, spit out the bile, and bang the drums.
2ND - Directly in the Path of Organized Ignorance
Review by: Kyrby Raine
Where to buy: Amazon
July 11, 2006
Like wild animals busting out of a zoo, 2ND bellow and break stuff without a moment's breather. This two-headed beast pumps up the volume with more relentless energy and ticked-off emotions than a dozen punk wanna-be's. Directly in the Path of Organized Ignorance has no sense of subtlety; like the early days of Seattle grunge, it's fuzzy and dirty and lacks any politeness. If you miss Nirvana before their Geffen sheen, singer/guitarist Jason Morse and drummer Dave Foreman capture the spirit of Bleach-era Nirvana with the right amount of grit and hard-rock catchiness.
Co-producers Morse, Bruce Bouillet, and B. Bajuk wisely do not shave off the rough edges in the guitar and drums; consequently, the songs have more punch. Morse's riffs may not be extraordinarily creative, but that's not the point. He's not trying to impress progressive geeks, nor is he groping for the throne of rock. On tracks like "Heavy Heavy Metal" and "Wasted," Morse brings on the sludge in vintage Emerald City fashion. That grunge was eventually welcomed by the metal set was a painful irony; that the music itself was then twisted into the corporate hackwork of Seven Mary Three and Candlebox was inevitable but it removed people from the genre's true meaning and sound. 2ND thankfully bring it all back.
2ND do not produce music that is pleasant to the ears if you're searching for a bastardized, pop-eyed version of grunge. They are the real thing.