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Dead Neanderthals – Self-Titled (2010, Self-Released)

Posted in Dead Neanderthals by HOLIDAYS on August 31, 2010

This debut self-titled release from Dead Neanderthals is a quick one- spanning about 10 minutes in just 10 tracks- which is a bit too short for me, but it still leaves a lasting impression. Composed of 2 members- one on drums the other on just woodwinds, DN reminds me of a less populated version of the Coughs. Being an instrument group, I personally was left a bit disappointed from that standpoint, but it certainly doesn’t mean it isn’t any good, as I believe I’m listening to it for about the 6th time as I write this review since I’ve gotten it. All the songs are wonderfully structured- sometimes being very short with blasting drums, other times being a bit slow moving. Some songs have a serious feel to them, others come off somewhat cartoonish (a sense I get from a lot of just woodwind groups), but it’s not a bad thing at all, and it really makes the disc as a whole very enjoyable.

The packaging has some nice skull artwork and a 5cm sticker. The 3″ CDr itself is pretty appealing, being a factoring green (as in not painted). If you’re a fan of chaotic noiserock, definitely check this one out, as it can warrants many future spins.

Artist page: http://myspace.com/deadneanderthals

Update: Slow times, Second move…

Posted in Uncategorized by HOLIDAYS on August 23, 2010

I recently moved again, hence another slow point in reviews. Things will be back in order, and better than ever very soon. Thank you for your patience.

Where Is This – Infinite Uh (Bored Bear Recordings, 2010), Where Is This & Fire Island AK – Self-Titled (BTNR, Bored Bear Recordings, 2010)

Posted in Bored Bear Recordings, BTNR, Fire Island AK, Where Is This by HOLIDAYS on August 15, 2010

I’ve said it before- by no means am I fluent in HNW. Aside from a couple major players (The Rita, Vomir), I’m very underexposed to the genre, aside from the few things I’ve heard through this blog. I don’t necessarily want to clump myself in with the group who simply doesn’t understand the genre, but it can be a bit hazy for me. Regardless, my first exposure to Where is This was extremely pleasant, and allowed me to get past a few stereotypes.

First off, Infinite Uh is surprisingly dynamic. While it often drones through simple walls, there’s a lot of memorable parts. I was surprised at how often I rewound the disc to hear certain transitions again. The track transitions are awesome, with zero seconds separating the sound quality (at least to my ears) three tracks- each roughly ten minutes in length, making this an easy release as a whole to sit through, especially if you’re not as into the genre. Maybe Infinite Uh doesn’t quite follow the traditional themes (or maybe rules?) that I hear in the more popular HNW releases, but unlike a lot of those, I definitely anticipate spinning this disc a few more times, and enjoying each rotation. I would certainly recommend this to both fans, and non-fans of the HNW genre. It’s limited to 25 copies, so if you’re interested, you may wanna move quick.

Collaborating across the Atlantic, Where is This of Ireland and Fire Inside AK of the east coast throw together some pretty decent sounds, promoting it with some pretty risque artwork (excellent hand-numbering placement, by the way). While I was hoping for something more like Infinite Uh, I was still pleasantly surprised with what I heard. This C40 is a slow mover that requires some attention to appreciate. Self described as drone, PE and noise, the entire tape does a decent job of bending the genres and creating some wonderful sounds that are captivating- odd rhythms, destructive feedback, etc. While not coming of as too extraordinary, it’s still makes for an enjoyable first listen, but it may not promote as many future rotations as Where Is This’ solo work, and also makes me interested in Fire Island AK’s solo work outside of this collaboration.

Label page: http://boredbear.wordpress.com

TxQxB – Spontaneous Death (Hair on my Food, 2010)

Posted in Hair on my Food, TxQxB by HOLIDAYS on August 1, 2010

As of recent, I’ve noticed a lot more noisecore discussion floating around the internet. At the moment, it all seems rather murky to me in regards to where exactly it came from, and where it stands today- all I know is that for the most part, the sounds I’ve been hearing as of recent have been pretty appealing, and Spontaneous Death resonates in my brain as a great entry into the genre.

Spontaneous Death is a quick tape from Norway, spanning just 10 minutes of blasting guitars, fast drums and feedbacking microphones that spans over the course of a few different genres to create the overall “noisecore” sound. All instruments sound blown to bits as if each were turned up as loud as possible, creating a recorded cacophony that I can’t help but call anything short of wonderful . Throughout the course the the tape, the sounds range from grinding rhythms, to completely spazzed out noise/chaos/confusion that ends all too quickly.

It’s an awful shame this tape is so short, but it’ll certainly keep your ready for more. Being pro-dubbed with some bright and decent artwork, it’s a wonderful presentation of the music within by Hair on my Food, I can’t help but recommend this to all fans of extreme/chaotic music.

Band contact: TxQxB [at] hotmail.com

Label Contact: http://myspace.com/haironmyfoodtapesrecords, haironmyfoodtapes [at] gmail.com