Dismembered Sound Booth - "Extinction Party!"

It could be argued that if you’re not angry these days, you’re not paying attention. Dismembered Sound Booth is paying attention, and they are pissed (US definition). While their new album "Extinction Party!" includes moments of dark humor, beauty, sarcasm and silliness, there’s also a clear vein of…well…let’s call it displeasure. What I liked about DSb on their first album (the amazing “All Are Friends Our Dead”) was the variety of musical styles and the sheer volume of great material. Well, this creative group (Michael West, Natalie Simpson, Mark Rathmell, Giles Hearn and Brian Coleman) have done it again.

On “Extinction Party!” DSb sets out their stall with opener “The Fucked Show;” a mostly spoken word piece over an ambient music bed which grows more beat oriented and intense as the track goes on. And from there we’re off on an adventure that includes everything from rock to dream pop to industrial to experimental…and even some old school disco. While there’s a lot to dig into (and you should, dig?), I’ll mention a few highlights – “Murder Machine” which starts out with simple electric guitar strum seemingly headed toward the 60’s before morphing into full on disco (complete with strings) – “Changes” which brings to mind “Micro-Phonies” era Cabaret Voltaire – the propulsive guitar and drums of “I Don't Take No Shit” featuring Gary Clail of On-U-Sound fame – and song of the summer candidate “She's Gone Normal.” Do the extinction!

 

Narcholocos – “La Manisfestacion”  

Here’s a quick blast of punk energy from Narcholocos called “La Manisfestacion.” The “long song” at 1:38 is the opener “La Introduction” which is a bit of a mellowish, surfy instrumental, but buckle up kids cause it’s about to get rough. The remaining eight songs check in at +/- the one minute mark, each with lots of screamed vocals, fast guitar and distortion. “Hacer Una Red” made my computer so scared it shook. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s mixed live and is all the better for it.

Narcholocos are from Mexico, or maybe Indonesia…signals vary. But it’s latin hardcore; even if you don’t speak the language, you’ll get it. It’s released on Rizkan Records, which may have the best Twitter bio ever: “Hi! My name is Rizkan. I own a label named after myself. People told me I'm awesome and YES I AM!” You can get reasonably priced physical copies of their releases. I had to laugh when I noticed that all downloads seem to cost $666, so save up your pennies you little devils (or reach out to Rizkan – I suspect he’ll work out something reasonable to get you music).

 

GOATS – “Far Out”

A few years back Paul Westerberg released something called “49:00” which was an uninterrupted 43+ minute stream of music. Songs appeared, occasionally overlapped, and often cut out early. The music was fun and sometimes odd, but the experience of listening had an added dimension: it created the feeling of driving down the highway listening to an AM radio, so you heard whatever happened to be in range of your car’s antenna as the station signals faded in and out.

I was reminded of “49:00” while listening to the latest from GOATS (called “Far Out”) because it’s also a long, uninterrupted stream, and also adds an extra dimension to go along with the music. In this case, rather than a highway drive with the radio, it feels like you're using your personal super power of flight and sailing along above the earth hearing many disparate sounds and occasionally dipping in on different places around the globe for a closer listen. Sometimes you’ll hear a cacophony as you float high in the sky, but then you’ll dive down briefly and focus on one or two sounds before you’re up and off again. It’s musique concrete with a vast array of elements; I heard a range of music from drones to gently strummed guitar, from a Tuvan vocalist to a family singing in their backyard, plus static, traffic, someone learning the saxophone, a psychedelic band, a church chorus, a…well you get the idea. There is a lot here fighting for your attention, and you’ll probably enjoy keying in on new elements with each listen. Don’t be afraid to soar up-up-and-away and get far out.

“Far Out” is being released soon (in a few weeks, at this writing) on Bandcamp through Submarine Broadcasting Company as a limited edition cassette and as a download.