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siLLy puPPy
4 stars Ah! My first BOREDOMS album. This has to be the most whacked out and hilarious music i've ever heard. Nothing can prepare you for your first listen to this band. They revel in creating the most cacophonous sonic mess possible. I'm sure many wouldn't even call this music at all. And that would be a very good argument for in fact this IS called noise rock and more recently the term Japanoise has emerged. There is music here alright. There is a punk guitar that is pretty steady on the opening track "Acid Police" which is probably the most structured track on the whole album. After it ends though it is the wild world of sonic chaos. What is absolutely wild about this album is that it takes a major talent to make such unsymmetrical and forced chaos. It is the natural tendency of us humans to gravitate and feel rhythm, melody and harmony. BOREDOMS have mastered the art of melodic mutilations, rhythmic rape and harmonicide in the first degree. Not only do they commit these musical atrocities but they love to take to you on a ride and sometimes complete Krautrock freakouts.

They often start playing some really catchy riffs or bass lines with steady drumming and reel you into a decent groove only to mangle them and butcher them and strangle all life out of what most would call music. They are simply a bunch of little kids on sugar highs bouncing off the walls in any direction that suits their fancy. The result of this madness is actually a lot of fun. They challenge your very conception of what music is and reel you in and then spit in your face. The screams and irregular bombast just leave me laughing hysterically every time I hear this. I mean, geez, it's equivalent to going to the library or something and everybody in the building suddenly going berserk and dancing on the tables and swinging on the chandeliers and making noises like animals. It's just plain crazy! I can imagine many music lovers running away quickly from this psychotic musical episode. I am part of the minority of humanity who actually loves this kind of stuff. I love beautiful melodies and harmonies and "normal" music rest assured, but this kind of bizarre mind-bending music also has a place in my heart for its sheer boldness and ability to take you to places that you never thought existed. Of all the things that come to mind when I hear this, boredom is not one of them.

siLLy puPPy | 4/5 |


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