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The (New) Low End Theory 

Wednesday, Mar 11 2009

Is treble an infectious disease? Lately so many bands have been splicing together high-pitched guitar screech with hipsters-on-helium falsetto vox that you'd think bass had been made extinct. Thank the graphic equalizer gods that some groups — like New York's These Are Powers — don't fear frequencies below 300 Hz. In the band's self-described "ghost punk," Pat Noecker's dubby, effects-fucked bass and Bill Salas' tom-heavy, electronically augmented rhythms combine with Anna Barie's hypnotrance wails and bottled-lightning guitar to create a full-frequency freakout.

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