Boomkat Product Review:
'Source Crossfire' collects the complete recordings of Montreal art-rock/post-punk troupe SOFA, who sound something like Slint in corpse paint rocking thru Joy Division covers.
SOFA were a short lived band, existing for just a few years in the mid-1990s, but their reputation in Montreal and beyond speaks volumes; they were the first band to be released on the city's still-explorative Constellation imprint, and truly set the tone for the era with a wide-ranging mix of styles, from US post-hardcore and slowcore to UK post-punk and art-rock.
This bumper set combines their 1997 album "Grey" with music from their preceding self-released cassettes "Town Unsafe" and "Record" in an attempt to map their musical evolution. The tracks have been re-sequenced, and remastered by Jace Lasek, Harris Newman and Ian Ilavsky, so the material has never sounded better.
For anyone that missed the band first time around, they sound surprisingly fresh; the echoes of Ian Curtis loom large around Brad Todd's distinctive voice, and David Pajo's angular guitar riffing is never far from Ian Ilavsky's fuzzbox freestyling, but SOFA's combination of sounds is smart, engaging and engrossingly raw - well worthy of this set.