controlled bleeding

Hear two tracks from founder Paul Lemos’ guitar-centric new album, Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps.

In 1978, the avant-rock no wave scene was making a clatter that mattered in downtown Manhattan, thanks to bands like Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, DNA, Theoretical Girls, and Mars. But a few hundred miles away, in Boston, an equally brave and edgy—if lesser known—klatch of creative noisemakers was burrowing into the consciousness of adventurous music fans. Among their leaders was Controlled Bleeding, a trio who burned bright by blending improvisation with grinding industrial noise.

More than 30 albums—including early cassette-only releases—later, founding member Paul Lemos soldiers on with a new guitar-centric Controlled Bleeding album, Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps, which mixes serenity and insanity. For a taste of the latter, check out Lemos’ home-studio rip through “The Perks of Being a Perv,” a frantic example of the kind of abuse he routinely administers to his Heritage LP-style guitar.

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