Lot Lizard’s “Ice” From Its Self-Titled Debut is the Sound of Internal Resistance to a No Future Present

Lot Lizard, photo courtesy the artists

Lot Lizard from Sioux Falls, South Dakota recently released its self-titled full length album on Different Folk Records. The single “Ice” is an example of how the post-punk quartet isn’t taking its cues from the most predictable influences. It’s noisy guitar work, disaffected and loping vocal style and urgent rhythms have as much in common with Iceage and Protomartyr as Scratch Acid and bands from the Amphetamine Reptile imprint. The song’s cutting, screaming guitar line is reminiscent of Rikk Agnew’s work on Only Theatre of Pain the way it spirals and incandesces. The vocals border on snotty but come off more resigned yet desperate. Maybe it’s because of the relative geographic isolation and the resultant different set of immediate cultural and musical influences on hand but Lot Lizard while bearing the hallmarks of classic, arty post-punk, doesn’t sound like it’s trying to mimic something from the 80s so much as serving as an expression of the internal resistance to the crushing social and political pressures of a culture that seems so dead set on having no future. Listen to “Ice” on Spotify and follow Lot Lizard at the links provided.