Philadelphia's Executive Slacks started out playing a searing combination of electronics, guitar/vocals and percussion. On the trio's first EP, Matt Marello sings with hysterical urgency and unnerving calm while spewing white-hot guitar noise out over steady, pulsing Residents- like backing complete with found tape noises. The impact is gratingly industrial but also emotional — it isn't the sheer assault that makes you uneasy, it's the whole demented concoction.
Nausea continues in a similar style without any letup. The band and Youth refuse to temper their taste for unsettling din, and "In and Out" ranks with anything by Killing Joke or Chrome for sheer intensity. Elsewhere, Executive Slacks diversifies into other styles and moods, including electronics expert John Young's deft use of hip- hop/dance rhythms, an acoustic guitar tapestry, pulsing metallic percolations and several terrific instrumentals.