Retox are one of the most exciting bands in the underground hardcore scene in California founded by the former The Locust front man Justin Pearson. Lets Not Keep In Touch is the first single taken from the bands upcoming Beneath California. Right from the off Let’s Not Keep InTouch kicks big fat balls, with big fat detuned bass lines which squidge along with rasping high winding raking guitars which make the ears feel like as if I am entering a deep black abyss.
There are certain things which have always marked out any of Pearson’s projects is the fact that he has honed in on a very distinctive sound. His lyrics have a sharp and punctual rhythm, I mean you can almost feel his voice spit venom with his delivery.
The lyrics to me mark the subjects of domestic abuse and bullying, things which Pearson himself has suffered mixed in with the whole feeling of societal discontent. The whole song is kind of held together by a repetitive grinding rhythm and high droning guitars.
In short Let’s Not Keep In Touch is a brilliantly abrasive kick in the face, with a heavy face melting feel. Retox are possibly one of the most exciting and dynamic/inventive hardcore bands around.