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Height with Friends Versus Dynamic Sounds

It often happens that the only way to make a genre feel new is to go way back, like when proto-punks rebelled against the excesses of proggy stoner rock by returning to Chuck Berry-style riffs and aggression. Height with Friends took the same strategy on Versus Dynamic Sounds, throwing back to the days of Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash hosting parties at parks and rec centers. It’s easy to imagine such a move turning into hokey bullshit nostalgia (after all, punk isn’t invented by every Viagra-swallowing old dude with a guitar), but with Height’s crew, it reminds us of the communal spirit that animated the genre in the first place.

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