Propulsive post-punk that marries darkly off-kilter melodies with industrial tinged noise rock to thoroughly satisfying effect.
Falser Truths from Cincinnati’s Corker is a full-length follow-up to their 2021 debut EP, A Bell That Seems To Mourn. The band’s sonic foundations are built on a densely layered fusion of hardcore and post-punk. Deadpan, semi-spoken vocals are anchored by jagged, angular guitars and a relentlessly bristling rhythm section. From this base, the band have a propensity for sweeping into flourishes of discordant melody, entwined with ominous bursts of synth and saxophone. And then, to furious eruptions of dissonant noise, fuelled by staccato, industrial inspired percussion.
From a city quickly gaining steam as a minor post-punk mecca, Corker emerge from the Cincinnati underground with their debut full length, Falser Truths. Corker are the proverbial fly in the ointment – soaking up every glorious facet of the past while swirling new thoughts and sounds into one highly engaging debut.
Corker were first introduced to popular consciousness with 2021’s A Bell That Seems To Mourn on Cincinnati’s own Future Shock Recordings, headed by Dakota Carlyle (Crime Of Passing, The Drin, The Serfs). Following several tours of the Midwest and surrounds, Corker began recording ‘Falser Truths’ in 2022 – the same year Feel It Records transplanted their operations to Cincinnati. What seems like an almost-inevitable partnership began with Feel It issuing the Lice single just as 2023 arrived. Paired with eight additional tracks recorded and mixed just over the Kentucky line at The Lodge with John Hoffman, Falser Truths is not only intelligent, but bold, charismatic, and free.
There’s little restriction to Corker’s formula – whether they’re lifting latent fingerprints of the post-punk past, rendering landscapes of Industrial wasteland, or bending rhythm and tone with Krautish ambition – the end result is resoundingly original. Genre purists be damned! Corker stand apart from their contemporaries on Falser Truths – an album realized by a fresh set of eyes and ears, driven far beyond the earthly bounds of now.
—Feel It Records