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Old 08-12-2011, 09:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Once I read the words "industrial bluegrass," I was immediately interested... If the Residents, Sun City Girls, and Big Blood would all get together to make a band and give each other Beefheart-like nicknames, then this is probably the best example of what that band would be like. Initially... upon first listen, the album sounded incredibly sloppy, and it seemed as if these guys composed each song in about five or six minutes. But... like most avant-garde and experimental music, you usually don't "understand" or enjoy it until you devote more time to listening to it. The first track that I began to like was "Burdensome Blood" which is sort like... bluegrass meets noise meets stereotypical oriental riff (I don't fucking know). Watching a few of their live performances also helped... something clicked... It's as if they were acting out a little kid's nightmare who also happens to be on LSD... and this just about sums up how I feel about their music. Then things pretty much took off from there... I began to like more and more of the songs on the album... Elements of industrial (with songs like "Gut" which sounds sort of like a slowed-down Einsturzende Neubauten track), psychedelia, free jazz (with "Re-Corrupting Checkerfield), noise, and bluegrass (with "Sullivan's Lower Trunk" and "Empty Halo") can be found throughout the album... Anyone who can meld these genres together (and do it well) has my respect...

All in all, I can't tell whether this album is unforgivably terrible or indescribably fantastic. All I know is that they've got a banjo, homemade electronics, and songs written by a dead bull who sings... Either way, I love it.

Two more things:
  1. I would practically do anything to see them live.
  2. I went ahead and downloaded their second album.

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