9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 18 June 2010
Man, i hate it when someone's entire career seems to have passed me by, especially when it's someone as crazy as lo-fi pioneer and mad ranty man Mike Rep. I know fuck all about this guy but he sounds like a genius. I guess he may have come to prominence for his production work with Guided By Voices, Strapping Fieldhands and Times New Viking but this guys been kicking it since way back when. Stupor Hiatus is a re-working/re-packaging of Siltbreeze's previous comp of Mike Rep stuff but improves on the artwork and audio quality to present a better overall product. Oh, and you get six previously unreleased tracks...Bonus. The music here dates from '74 to the early 90's and charts the rise of Mike Rep and with it the culture of ultra lo-fi home recording. Mike hits upon the basics of punk, pop and psychedelic rock and drops his own spin on it with pure style. Obvious influences are The Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, Kim Fowley, 13th Floor Elevators and a host of bands from the first wave of post punk as well the MC5 and The Stooges. Infact, the majority of this record sounds like the MC5 jamming hard in someone's basement recorded badly on one microphone....in the dark. Totally awesome and full of boozy, drugged out Ohio humour. A treat for you lo-fi hoarders.
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