Thanks to Aquarius for the positive write-up!
Of Habit is the noise-rock ensemble revolving around the twisted mind
of Mark Solotroff, Chicago's long standing power electronics king known
for his numerous projects over the years including Bloodyminded and
Intrinsic Action. Accompanying Solotroff is another noise icon, Blake
Edwards (aka Vertonen), yet even with these two ear-shattering
technicians on board, Anatomy Of Habit's impressive dynamics come from
the far more traditional axis of drums, bass, guitar, and vocals, as
played by Dylan Posa (Cheer Accident, Brise-Glace), Greg Ratajczak
(Winters In Osaka), and Kenny Rasmussen, amounting to a steamroller of
huge Swans / Neurosis riffs and chugging out lots of bad vibes. Over the
past 12 months or so, they self-released a couple of LPs with lengthy
tracks gracing each side of vinyl. Both of those 12"s collected here.
The first eponymous LP (which was graced with a black sleeve) featured
two sprawling numbers - "Torch" and "Overcome" - that both hypnotically
build out of interlocking guitar and bass that steadily builds towards a
distorted, crushing climax with dexterous turns toward powerdrone
sludge. Solotroff, with his years of barking like William Bennett, has
turned into quite a deft vocalist with his baritone in perpetual motion
amidst the roiling noise-rock, coming across more like a cross between
Jaz Coleman and Michael Gira. From the second lp (also self-titled but
featured a white cover), "The Decade Plan" begins with a bright ellipsis
of guitars that wouldn't be out of place on a slowcore jam from Codeine
or Slint before the band launches into a super heavy riff, girded by
metal-bashing percussion only to settle into a assaulting groove to
further along Solotroff's tales of sex, violence, and their
psychological implications. The brutal brooding continues on "After The
Water" amplifying their smashed sound even further through the
tranced-out, sludge riffs and subharmonic roar. Think Pelican, Isis,
Bodychoke, and of course, Swans. Still fucking massive!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
B!173 Sshe Retina Stimulants and Neil Jendon "A Brutal Case Of Glacial Blasphemy" CD
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Exclusive new studio recordings from the dream team.
Neither of these artists needs much introduction to people who follow BloodLust! -- Sshe Retina Stimulants has been here from the very start and Neil Jendon has been a part of the live and recorded extended family for several years now, joining some particularly memorable live bills with BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day and Anatomy of Habit. He also has two previous releases on BloodLust! Recently, Neil has joined another band with an LP on the label, Rabid Rabbit, adding his synth skills to their doomy, dark psychedelic sound.
I am not sure, exactly, when the thought occurred to me that Paolo and Neil should record and/or play together, but when I introduced them and watched them converse at a show in Chicago, maybe two or three years ago, the idea certainly clicked. They are, individually, two of my favorite electronic musicians -- and although Paolo continues to investigate increasingly spartan digital set-ups, and Neil always dazzles me with his very analog modular rig -- the two share a sensibility that makes them a great match. Both men frequently take a rather minimalist approach to their sound, and both often exploit a range of isolated frequencies that solidified the concept of their pairing in my mind.
They bring these varied elements together on this collaboration, offering a wide range of electrical sounds, beautifully blended, at times testing and straining the low-end response of the listener's speakers and demanding the that one pay very close attention to their array of inhuman crystalline tones and frequencies.
The two finally played live together, in Chicago, in late November of 2012, quickly throwing subtlety to the wind and blowing the roof off the performance space. It was a treat!