“Push it like a push-pin / Push it till it gets in!” This exclamation, screamed during a brief pause in “Horse Girl,” encapsulates the feeling exuded by These Arms Are Snakes’ new release “Easter”: seductive savagery, sex underscored by violence; beautiful, carnal and utterly devastating. It’s been two years since this Seattle hardcore outfit has put out a record, but its latest continues in much the same vein as 2004’s math-rocker “Oxeneers.” This time, however, the bass and drums are pushed to the foreground as the carriers of melody—what counts as a “progressive” move among certain circles—which, paired with angular guitar chords, makes the band sound almost like a dance-punk At The Drive-In. The new emphasis on beats and bass should only provide more energy for the band’s live show, which features the lithe, fitful singer Steve Snere—a livewire in tight denim—and a predictable hardcore ferocity, something like being stabbed with push-pins. (John Thompson)
October 20 at Beat Kitchen.