The Portland power-trio known as Rabbits is neither warm nor fuzzy—and if it’s proof you need, refer to the band’s new album, Untoward. Like a shovelful of sludge to the skull, the record reeks of blood, mud, and the rancid pheromones of AmRep veterans like Cows and Killdozer. There’s also a blunt, metallic thrust to the disc, best heard on “Ever Mind,” one of Untoward’s least amiable onslaughts of prickly noise. Go ahead, cuddle it.
Untoward will be released August 12 via Lamb Unlimited.