||[Nov. 11th, 2005|08:52 am]
obliteration of the rules of grammar
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Since Matt mentioned it, here is some updates from Forever Escaping Boredom Headquarters:
From The All Night Eatery
Asthma Atttaq “Breathe Heavy” Forever Escaping Boredom Records
Making music that falls under the genre of noise is a difficult medium to master. It is often tempting to make sense of nonsensical chaos. South Florida’s Asthma Atttaq is a relatively young band that follows in the footsteps of bands like Lightning Bolt. In an effort to bring creativity to a generally shallow music scene, AA unloads an assault of illogical drumming and deafening screams. On Breathe Heavy, they take advantage of a decent recording and produce technical insanity.
“Pick them Bones Dry” begins with a stinging guitar riff and well-planned drums that drive through the five minutes that the track exists. Complexity is the key. Other songs like “Apostrophe Die” sound a bit more like the generic hardcore that they try to stray from. However, it is not so overwhelming that the record loses touch with its goal: to give you a puzzles look and force you to say “huh?” The liner notes identify the drummer as David and the guitarist as Ry. David is quite brutal with drumsticks. Throughout the album he surprises the listener with random rolls and time changes. Ry manages to hold his own too. In the midst of the chaos, he often lays down strong guitar riffs and inane rhythmatic choices to interact with the drums.
A good description of this band would be “Diet Lightning Bolt”. They crank out insanity, but are more grounded into rock and roll formats than the Bolt. They are a little less absurd than your typical noise outfit, but they are still ridiculous enough to do a good job. They seem like they would put on a very energetic live show. 7/10
If you’ve ever driven more than 8 hours to see Hella: 8/10
If you’ve ever driven more than 8 hours to see Paul Oakenfold: 4/10
From: Art Noise
Forever Escaping Boredom Records
I wonder how I would feel about this album if I had no idea what the band name was, or what the song titles were. The music here largely falls into the screamo/artsy hardcore category; there’s a lot of swift, angular guitars, a lot of gritty, throaty vocals, a lot of riff and rhythmic shifts. The songs are undeniably complex and visceral. This is the kind of stuff that you’d usually associate with Level Plane Records, with bands that take themselves really seriously and write poetic, tortured songs. But the “q” in “Asthma Attaq” should be your first clue that these guys are just a little goofy, and have more than just a little bit of a metal sensibility. The music here straddles the line between hardcore and metal, keeping listeners on their toes, and making us think a little bit harder than we normally would about your average ten-track screamo record.
For instance: one of the strongest songs on this album begins with a lovely, tranquil guitar line. The sound builds slowly over time, introducing more and more elements—screamed vocals, distortion—until the song is hard and intense, rolling out of the speakers like thunder. Yet, the subtlety of the original line is still under there, somewhere, peeking out every few bars between the lulls in the distortion. It’s an admirable, skilled fusion between raging and subdued moods. And what is this song called? “I Don’t Care If She Is Ms. Hairless America I’m Spoken For.”
There are similarly jarring juxtapositions throughout the album: a decidedly artsy-sounding screamo song that will suddenly interrupt itself with an undeniably metalcore lick. Guitars that are just a little too bright for the solemn, angular lines that are being played. A song called “Pick Them Bones Dry.” Now, the idea of fusing hardcore/screamo/metal is not a new one, and it’s not a bad idea either. I do think, however, that Asthma Attaq needs to get their fusion to a more seamless level so that the contrasts work the way they’re supposed to work. We should be startled or jarred, but not because something sounds out of place; we should be caught off guard by the way two disparate elements are so smoothly joined together.
That having been said, the songs are overall pretty strong; Asthma Attaq have several strengths—unrelated to their genre-bending—that serve this album well. Instrumental developments/jams feature prominently in these tracks, and the band is adept at building moods and textures over the course of these jams. The last two songs in particular—“Premium Prosthetics” and “Theme for the Avenger”—are especially strong in this respect. The band also has a knack for introductions; many of these songs are five and six minutes long, so a captivating opener is crucial to pull the listener in for the relatively lengthy ride. While most of the songs ultimately have similar sounds (which is the case for the vast majority of albums anyways), each track opens with a different and intriguing mood.
I’ll be interested to see how Asthma Attaq chooses to approach their next album. The basic skills and structures are definitely in place right now; I think this band just needs to figure out how to balance the metal/screamo elements of their sound. I think the band is capable of doing either genre well, and I think they could also muster up a respectable fusion, if they worked at it a bit. Personally, I’m rooting for the screamo side, but that’s just me.
From: Shoot Me Again It's a Webzine from Belgium...so the translation is a bit poor.
Breathe Heavy (Forver Escaping Boredom
I remained scotché with this disc a good moment when I received it. It is rather damaged what this states-uniens group offers to us. Finally a group it is a great word because they are that two: a guitar-song and a battery-song.
It is hyper varied in fact! Atmospheric passages calm goods hyper with pretty delay effects and all the touintouin... Then y' has of them one which pète a hose connection and that explodes. That mouth and that sings. It is barred enough, to see noisy per moment, even mathrock, or emo, but also hardcore, or experimental... Bon you voyé topo: that tears.
Here some ingredients: much madness, not badly of ideas, a suspicion of HOT CROSS-country RACE, a suspicion of CITY OF CATERPILLAR, a good ladle of SNACTRUCK, a pinch of cries, a spoon of insanity... etc etc the whole left on the good label Forever Escaping Boredom. And for saying true, I prefer frankly this disc in Split LP divided with DIRTY SOUTH APOCALYPSE (which have also are very good!).
Lastly, maintaining with you to see whether you want to launch out in the discovery of this group. Me I would be you, I would test... That is worth the blow of it!
In other news Asthma Atttaq has a new 7" coming out on the excellent German label http://www.nimbusmodule.de/ Discussion about a German tour are in the works.
Also in the works is an Asthma Atttaq Winter Tour. All dates in the midwest will be with Lazer Mountain.
Here are the tentative dates:
Dec.17th – Jacksonville, FL @ the Pitt (also a skateboard deck art show)
Dec.18th – GA (Savannah, Atlanta, Athens…) need help!!!
Dec.19th – TN need help!!!
Dec.20th – KY need help!!!
Dec.21st – Columbus, OH @ Café Bourbon Street w/ the Kessel Run and Paul Joyner
Dec.22nd – Washington DC @ Café Mawonaj w/Excelone, Danke, Jiyuna, and Paul Joyner
Dec.23rd – NY??? (I thought this show was confirmed, but haven’t heard from the promoter in a long time)
Dec.24th - Philadelphia, PA @ Be Happy House (early show) w/Merkit, Paul Joyner and others
Dec.25th - Day off (unless some one could help in IL or IN)
Dec.26th – Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks w/Lazer Mountain
Dec.27th – Sioux Falls, SD @ house show w/Lazer Mountain
Dec.28th – Fargo, ND @ VFW w/Lazer Mountain
Dec.30th – Bismark, ND @ tba w/Lazer Mountain
Dec.31st – Moline, IL @ the Lazer Mansion w/ Lazer Mountain
Jan 1st - Tenn???
Jan 2nd – Alabama???
Jan 3rd – Somewhere in FL???
In all the stuff going on with Asthma Atttaq I almost forgot that I just had a new record drop.
Yossarian is Drowning - s/t 7"
Hailing from the U.K., Yossarian is Drowning plays emotional hardcore in the vein of Kaospilot, Portraits of Past and Hot Cross. On their debut E.P. the lads from Shrewsbury take aim at organized religion and those who fuck up the environment. Think screamy vocals and passionate music that alternates between aggressive riffs and hypnotic melodies. They also have a track on React With Protest's "Emo Armageddon" compilation. 100 copies on black/white swirl vinyl.
Lastly, I've updated my distro list. So check it out Distro List