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- Ma Vie Banale Avant-Garde by Aids Wolf
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Not been keeping up with Montreal's AIDS WOLF of late. Not even heard their last LP 'March To The Sea'. I hang my head in avant-shame. If you know the group you may have some idea of what to expect from 'Ma Vie Banale Avant-Garde'. Inspired by free jazz, modern composition, 20th Century opera, minimal music and garage rock, as well as the zonal carousing of North America's musical underground, AIDS WOLF still find it difficult to conceal their most glaring influence, that being the atonal fudge and perverse arrogance of Arab On Radar. There have been minor line-up changes over the years and a new focus on electronics is apparent nowadays but 'Ma Vie Banale Avant-Garde' still sounds very much like 'Yahweh Or The Highway'. No bad thing though. Fucking love 'Yahweh Or The Highway' and I'm pretty pleased with this too. Excellent avant-noise punk business.
10/10 PSHTS Customer review, 4th January 2017
Full-bore, cartoon punk insanity with the wheels bashed in. Dazzling constructs of arrhythmic gloss and wailing everything, whirling around a bendy, rubberised sense of time. You're never looking directly at whatever is on offer here, it's always arching out and around the back of your head, but it won't let go of your hips. This is the Trout Mask Replica of our generation but Aids Wolf pressed 500 copies of this then split up due to lack of interest. Earlier AW definitely had a strong Arab on Radar influence but this far surpasses anything by that band, in complexity, in skewed composition, in dayglo-neon, screaming, head-mincing, perverse power.
It is as raw, putrid and primal as it is glistening and startlingly futuristic. This is what human beings say they want out of a rock band but it seems that faced with the full force of their desires people have looked the other way. Shame on you all.
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