“Those open-minded enough to explore Frye’s dystopian world of disgust and despair will find themselves ultimately wearing a shit-eating grin by the time it’s all over.” — DIY MAG
“For the past week I’ve been going deep with the new PC WORSHIP album Social Rust. A fully functioning ecosystem straddling the gates to many musical worlds PC WORSHIP draws one in and immediately delivers alien familiarity bountiful in fragmentary parallels while standing firmly individual. It’s this maintained coalescence of the wild and the wonted that makes Social Rust such extraordinary listening. Fundamentally catchy blankets of song bring to mind moments from Polvo, Butthole Surfers, and Neil Young’s catalogues remarkably redefined with a Charles Ives-like finesse of texture and experiment. That muscular counterweight is wielded with phenomenal expressivity to both blend and bewilder; the resulting balance becomes paramount in founding the core and expanse of Social Rust’s beauty.” – Nick Podgurski
“…reducing Social Rust to one easily-identifiable genre would be missing the point–despite aspects of psychedelia, Social Rust is a beast unto itself.” – Zack Wilks, Impose Magazine
“…they’ve always seemed to be flitting hesitantly around the edges of rock & roll—unable to commit wholeheartedly to it, but brutally decisive in their use of crashing guitars, screaming feedback and other forms of musical shock and awe. Still, I’ve always found melody to be the band’s greatest secret weapon, and fittingly, they’ve given us a whole lot of it to chew on…” – Emilie Friedlander, The Fader
“…it’s the musical equivalent of a dead, stoned stare that you won’t mind locking eyes with.” – Miles Bowe, Stereogum
“…throughout its running time touches on dark post-punk, psychedelic rock, and outsider folk, while still finding some time to keep their noisier roots intact.” – Andrew Sacher, Brooklyn Vegan
“art-punk/avant-sludge” – Jenn Pelly, Pitchfork
“avant-grunge” – The New Yorker
“…the perfect mix of free jazz and grunge (shit, dare i say pop?) melodies, it starts with just noise, segueing into the ripping opener ‘odd’. the hits build from there, creating a signature sound. distant vocals, lost in a narcotic haze, pounding, plodding drums, catchy chord melodies and ripping, weird guitar solos that sound like they ended because the person playing them just dropped dead. that bleak psychedelic atmosphere is augmented with oceanic waves of discordant saxophones and plucked and pounded broken sounding pianos.” – Josh Moss, Modern Folk Music of America
Social Rust, PC Worship’s fourth LP to date and Northern Spy Records debut, may very well be the closest this innovative quartet, led by singer and multi-instrumentalist mastermind Justin Frye, has gotten to the conventional rock formula. But don’t be alarmed—PC Worship has, by no means, abandoned its inherent avant-gardist roots. In fact, Social Rust portends a familial group hell bent on blending its own vision of fully realized songcraft and contagious melodicism into its trademark chaotic din.
In general, I do not like extended plays; I'm more of an LP guy, but this set of songs is too irresistible to my sensibilities, so I tossed my bias to the side, temporarily. I really hope that their new full-length delves deeper into this kind of energy. Camryn Marquez
This album gurns and churns with the dense, atmospheric power of an angel wrestling the forces of hell.
Wolfe's voice is an ethereal swirl, but it can cut like a blade. Her guitar, meanwhile, is a reaper's scythe, and with it, she flails like a Balrog summoned deep and raging from the bowels of Middle Earth.
It's an album of dreams and nightmares, a sludge-gaze torrent of painful questions hurled into the void.
A brave, bold and empowering listen. Michael Mueller