Label: Function Records Release date: 25/10/10 Link: Myspace I love a lot of things in life, and one of them is avant-garde music. Hell, I’m not picky, include some weird sample or something and I’m a sucker. Everybody from AnCo to Deerhunter to Throbbing Gristle have done it to me – if it doesn’t sound right, or it’s a bit off and strange, I’ll lap it up 9 times out of 10. However, I don’t appreciate the use of samples, out of time drumming and instruments and whiney vocals disguised as avant-garde by a lazy PR person. I’ve read the press release for this, and I’m sorry, but recording an album in a weekend at your bassist’s house doesn’t convey your “DIY aesthetic” or your “rawness and intimacy”, it tells me you’re lazy or under-funded. I’ve got nothing against bedroom recorded stuff (Ariel Pink anyone?) but don’t say it was chosen to increase your appeal over a studio. And recording a whole album in a weekend doesn’t really give you time to develop your songs, and it shows. Take opener 'I Took My Lead From Your Kindness'. This is not a good track, or an interesting track, it’s a dissonant jam. It’s not exciting or new, it’s 3 guys mucking about and not making a particularly great sound with it. Great, if you’re having fun making it, there is no way I would ever want to stop you, but this really isn’t cutting edge stuff. These are jams. This is the avant-garde by numbers – insert a cat sound here, change tempo constantly, produce dissonant sounds etc. Topped by one of the most irritating voices known to man, it makes for a pretty catastrophic bunch. I think what best describes this album is “forced”. Everything from the zaniness, to the over stretched and over tried vocals to the little nonsensical guitar flourishes, everything on this record screams of people almost dying to be different, to be new. If you’re going to take a step into the experimental – great, I fucking love the experimental music scene. But first, listen to what you’re making and try and appreciate it. You don’t have to be an expert in the noise scene, you don’t even have to have heard it for all I care, but at least understand what makes the noise scene tick. Noise as a scene is art, and a bunch of guys fucking about in their bassist’s lounge making mediocre pop songs and throwing in some obscure and stupid sounds, or playing out of time or off key, doesn’t make for decent music. There’s crossover ('Dicipline' by Throbbing Gristle for example), but this ain’t it. Photobucket