At last, a vinyl reissue of the storming no-wave classic A Taste Of DNA. Led by Arto Lindsay and with sharp talents like Ikue Mori learning drums on the job, their sound was an explosion of tight angular crunch that sounds fresher with each passing year. 1980’s A Taste Of DNA is only 10 minutes long, but it contains more than many band’s entire discographies. 12” on Superior Viaduct.
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- A Taste Of DNA by DNA
8/10 Robin Staff review, 17 November 2016
This week’s expenso thriller is a reissue, no less, of DNA’s ten minute no wave strategy known as ‘A Taste of DNA’. It is a workshop in falling apart, scattered with Arto Lindsay, Tim Wright and Ikue Mori doing the wrong things in the right room -- one of them drums their way out of the equation, another mutters and cackles over snatches of guitar, and another plays bass, but not for the groove of it all.
No wave rarely teetered on the edge as much as DNA did in this ten minutes -- they threatened to abandon rock music altogether but just kept it in the frame. You can hear an affable riff amidst the squeaking on “Blonde Red Head” (to answer your question about that title: yes), the hints of a decaying post-punk left behind in the empty chaos of their nope-punk. The noise always sounds weirdly clear, too -- you can hear the bassline walking its own way and the drums going another on “312123”, so the option is yours which to follow. A lovely little choose your own adventure, is this EP.
It’s not long, but on it DNA go to and from with as many accidental ideas as another band might spend a good hour or two apologising for. Noise music that’s more a party tha a bother, this music is raucous with a lower-case r.
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