Notekillers, who in their initial 1977-81 lifespan only managed to eke out this single. The threesome (occasionally accompanied by a conga player) were proponents of strenuous, instrumental jams that nibbled on the periphery of post-punk and no-wave, with a heightened avant flair. "The Zipper's" gyrating, serrated edge is carried aloft by David First's raging tide of arpeggios, akin to what the Minutemen would soon be tinkering with. The pulsing, not to mention near-tuneful penchant of "Clock Wise," bendy guitar licks and all, could have functioned as a template for everyone from Mission of Burma to Polvo. Definitely not your average vocal-less malaise here. Both songs appear in slightly different iterations on the Notekillers 1977-81 retrospective comp on Ecstatic Peace, which saw the light of day in 2004, and a full blown new album, We're Here to Help, arrived in 2010. If you enjoy what you hear please show the band some love here and here.
01. The Zipper
02. Clock Wise
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