Demo​/​EP

by Test Meat

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Considering the pedigree involved in guitarist/vocalist Darryl Shepard (ex-Milligram, Blackwolfgoat, Kind, etc.), bassist Aarne Victorine (UXO, Whitey) and drummer Michael Nashawaty (Planetoid, Bird Language), it’s little surprise that Test Meat’s Demo would have a pretty good idea of where it wants to come from. The five-track first showing from the Boston trio blends raw-edge grunge and noise rock on “He Don’t Know” after opening with its longest inclusion (immediate points) in the 3:50 “Cuffing Season,” and though centerpiece “Done” nods at the starts-and-stops of Helmet, the subsequent 2:35 push of “If You Wanna” is strikingly post-Nirvana, and closer “Permanent Festival” rounds out by bridging that gap via a still-straightforward heavy rock groove. Formative, yeah, but that’s the whole point. Test Meat revel in their barebones style and clearly aren’t looking to get overly lush, but one can’t help but be curious how or if they’ll develop a more melodic sensibility to go with the consuming, full buzzsaw tones they elicit here. - JJ Koczan, The Obelisk, 7/10/17

Alright, stop. Collaborate and listen. Darryl Shepard of Milligram (and Roadsaw, and Slapshot, and Blackwolfgoat) is back with a brand new invention. Brand new in vintage, but familiarly worn in warm, fuzzy, low end grunge. More Tad than their namesake Nirvana, this one also pulls from Milligram's old bag of 2x4-to-the-gut tricks and pulls you through a hazy groove that keeps all included melodies rumbling from underneath a wash of heavy buzz. The spirit of Reproductive Records is alive! The band also includes Aarne Victorine from UXO (and Whitey) on bass. - shinygreymonotone.blogspot.com, 8/1/17

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released April 19, 2017

Test Meat is:

Darryl Shepard - vocals, guitar
Aarne Victorine - bass
Michael Nashawaty - drums

Recorded & mixed by Alec Rodriguez at Mad Oak, Allston, MA in March, 2017
Studio assistant/intern - Matt Hipp
Backing vocals on "If You Wanna" - Alec Rodriguez
Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East
All songs written by Test Meat, lyrics by D. Shepard
Cover photo by Darryl
Live photo by Justin Dylan Garrette
Special thanks to Craig Riggs and Mad Oak

Darryl uses Planet Tone Legacy Humbuckers guitar pickups
Aarne uses Robo Pedals bass guitar pedals

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Test Meat Boston, Massachusetts

Test Meat was formed in December of 2016. Includes current and ex-members of Milligram, UXO, and Planetoid, among others. Short, heavy and catchy is the name of the game.

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Track Name: Cuffing Season
Stay here, don't go anywhere
Stay here, don't go anywhere
Stay here, don't go anywhere
Sit down, right in that chair
Sit down, don't go anywhere
Sit down, don't go anywhere
Sit down, don't go anywhere
Sit down, right in that chair

Why are you asking?
Show me
Why are you asking?
Show me

Tell me how much you care
Tell me how much you care
Tell me how much you care
Tell me loud and clear
Tell me why are you scared
Tell me why are you scared
Tell me why are you scared
Tell me loud and clear

Why are you asking?
Show me
Why are you asking?
Show me
Why are you asking?
Show me
Track Name: He Don't Know
Get away, get away, get away, get away, get away now
All the way, all the way, all the way, all the way, all the way down
Get away, get away, get away, get away, get away now
All the way, all the way, all the way, all the way, all the way down

He don't know
He don't know
He don't know
He don't know

Find a way, find a way, find a way, find a way, find a way out
All the way, all the way, all the way, all the way, all the way down
Find a way, find a way, find a way, find a way, find a way out
All the way, all the way, all the way, all the way, all the way down

He don't know
He don't know
He don't know
He don't know
Track Name: Done
Not there yet
Keep on going
Head down now
Another showing
I told you
For the last time
Don't stop now
Clean mind

We're done, nothing is finished
We're done, all out of time
We're done, nothing is finished
We're done

Take another step
To the finish line
Fall backwards
Running out of time
I told you
You didn't listen
Last ditch effort
Throw a fit

We're done, nothing is finished
We're done, all out of time
We're done, nothing is finished
We're done
Track Name: If You Wanna
If you wanna stay home
If you wanna be alone
If you wanna save me
Go ahead and save me
If you wanna go home
If you wanna be alone
If you wanna be free
Go ahead and be free

Oh no
There you go
Oh no
Stay with me
Track Name: Permanent Festival
You're gonna waste it
If you don't use it
Then you'll lose it
You gotta take it
When it's given
Or you'll miss it
When you see it
When you're leaving
You won't believe it
Then you'll know it
But don't you show it
Or you'll blow it

ABC
Can't you see
123
It's not for me

You're gonna waste it
If you don't use it
Then you'll lose it
You gotta take it
When it's given
Or you'll miss it

ABC
Can't you see
123
It's not for me
ABC
Can't you see
123
It's not for me

Gonna waste it
Gonna waste it
Gonna waste it
Gonna waste it
Gonna waste it
Gonna waste it