Local Love: AS*US

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Got a Facebook IM yesterday from Davey Highben, ringleader of noise rock collective Altered States of the United Snakes. It included nothing more than the YouTube URL for the above video for "Pickin' Up the Man", a freshly recorded track from AS*US' upcoming full-length. The visuals aren't particularly noteworthy, but the music hits like a bulldozer, creeping in with a slow, heavy rhythm and big, blunt power chords. By the end, the demolition is complete, the bombast reduced to screeching feedback like so much rubble. Chyea.