BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE GIFT POLICE
The nightmare and swindle continues in the Clinton era. Solutions are detailed here too, in what may be JELLO BIAFRA‘s most personal spoken word album.
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Rusty Eyes And Hydrocarbons
Devoid of guitar, they build melodies around John No’s (Fleshies, Triclops) bass with an energetic rhythm fill from drummer Megan March (Before the Fall). While they alternate vocals, March takes slightly fewer reps at the lead vocal duties, offering a backing, choral role that is well suited to maintaining her pace at the kit. Generally, the lead vocalist (whoever it is, depending on the song) offers a sort of shouted caterwaul over the noisy backdrop, while the secondary vocalist fills in with a repeated, shouted refrain. Meanwhile, the bass hooks gain energy, building to a cathartic-type shout-along.
While an incredibly loud record (giving The Hussy a run for loudest two-piece record of the year), they mix it up over the course of the twelve* songs, with bare-bones tracks like “Through the Cracks,” a melodic piece that breaks down into a calm, repetitive pace-changer, and “Livid Lizard,” which has a bit of distortion-laden Melvins to the madness, drudging and plodding instead of ripping through the notes. Throughout all the noise, distortion, and shouting is a sense of hooky melody that ties it all together without grating or sounding experimental. They take a pop base, but they punk it up with considerable angst while layering experimental pieces somewhere in the middle.