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I worried last week that it’s very possible subconsciously I have something against Brad Laner. I never seem to rate his music, in whichever format it takes, he must keep catching me on an off day as its nothing personal. In recent weeks we’ve had to deal with a reissue of his school band Earth Dies Burning, then an ok-ish new Medicine effort and now his experimental music project from 1985. The press release has a quote that says "...we opened for WALL OF VOODOO and successfully pissed off 1000 screaming New Wave assholes". But Wall of Voodoo were the best band ever (for a while anyway) and I’d be bloody well joining them if this caterwauling was delaying my enjoyment of Marc Moreland’s guitar dexterity.
So instead we have a load of barely listenable sound collage music, spontaneous compositions created with tape recorders, short wave radios, cheap synths, random orchestral instruments. The lack of applause after the culmination of second track ‘Galleria Ocase’ is one of funnier moments of the record, seemingly throughout the band are soundtracking the kind of madcap ‘Tom and Jerry’ type animation chaos that sees a cat’s tongue getting wrapped round the moon, before it’s chewed up in a threshing machine before being run over by a steam roller. It’s comedy knockabout stuff at times with hollering voices, gongs, radio squeak, static, a screeching guitar string, low end rumble, a trombone, something quacking, a chain being dropped on the floor, a pig, all being heard in about a minute-long segment of one track - on this occasion on the track ‘Cal Arts’, all performed live in front of a horrified audience. It’s a wonder they were not killed.
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