Oh, how I love Baltimore. I've never been there, so my love is actually a hypothesis based on two facts: "The Wire" is a kick-ass series, and Baltimore produces kick-ass post-punk bands like Double Dagger.
I say post-punk because Double Dagger combines the hardness of punk with a brainy musicality that makes use of complexity and pleasurable noise, which I guess makes them "post."
The only complaint I have about More is that one might easily mistake original songs like "Vivre Sans Temps Mort" for Fugazi covers. That's a minor complaint since the world can always use another Fugazi song. All hot sounds have second and third lives in the world of popular music, and this category of noisy smart rock—in which lyrics are delivered in throaty boy-screams and lead guitar is unnecessary—is one I've been missing.
I am in love with the production on More, too—letting a wall of noise build and give way to poignantly clear tones at chosen moments, emphasizing bass over drums and vocals on "Camouflage," and allowing the backing vocals to ring out from a sonic distance on "The Lie/The Truth." I'm not one to gush praise, but I love this.
Double Dagger plays the Badlander Monday, July 6, at 9 PM, with Juveniles and Bridgebuilder. $5.