|06-25-2014, 05:29 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2014
weedslank - Bario
As a fan of weedslank's underground freshman effort, Sujetador*, I was thrilled when this album came out. And I wasn't let down one bit after I finally got my copy. While it wasn't as raw and energetic as Sujetador*, everything was extremely tight and refined. It's eclectic, but well put together. World sounds I would never expect to hear together were masterfully merged by weedslank's Korinne von Schmanhammer. Who ever heard of eastern music merged with metal, classical, and electronica? I suppose we all have now.
Her collaborations with other musicians varied from interesting to phenomenal. von Schmanhammer's voice is a thing of beauty, especially contrasted with the gruff and unrefined grunting of Jack Loticus of G.O.A.T. and your M.O.M. on the track Cameltoe Death Squad. The instrumental tracks were nothing short of spectacular. My personal favorite was track #5, Sartre's Acetaminophen Solution, with the haunting Relic Bluff coming in as a close second.
Another interesting fact about the album was the way in which von Schmanhammer chose to release it: on casette tape only. An homage to the punk "DIY" ethic, she passed out 10 casette tapes -- each one slightly different -- to 10 different friends and concert attendees as the official album. Since then, these copies have made their way across the Atlantic, and some tracks have even made their way onto the Internet. It's a curious tactic, and one that will undoubtedly cost the band a great deal of income. But von Schmanhammer is quoted as saying that weedslank's goal is not commercial success, but to change the "musical ecosystem," and so far it seems to be working. But only for those lucky enough to score a copy of the album.