Τρίτη, 29 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Chinese Basement-Litmus (2011)


Now that's heavy shit. This band has managed to gain a lot of attention to the underground,due to their unique and strange sound. According to their myspace page, they play a mixture of noise/grunge. But to my ears,it's nothing but no wave. Listening to their music, it reminded me of the same bizarreness I felt when I first listened to Teenage Jesus And The Jerks,James Chance And The Contortions,Swans etc. And I loved it. Well, when you'll get to listen to their album, which is self-released/financed, you may completely disagree with me. But the point of the matter is that they 're great. If someone is a fan of the bands mentioned above, they cannot miss them.

The band hails from Thesaloniki, and it consists of Aris (bass),Phevos (drums) and Vasilis (guitars,vocals). Their influences -as stated at their myspace page- are: broken pipes, stomped cockroaches, carpets with mold, a dragon with broken feet, bicycles, plastic feet, and one more thing which I couldn't understand. The album is released in both coloured and black 'n' white covers,only on CD. The booklet has inside a folded piece of paper with a drawing of a Mexican masked wrestler (you know,like they do in WWE),with some additional lyrics.It was recorded during the spring of 2011.

NOTE:Anyone that has browsed before at this blog,should have noticed that when I upload songs or albums that have Greek titles,I try to translate them to English,so that everyone can understand them and not only Greeks.Yet some of them cannot be translated,because some words and/or expressions can only be understood in Greek.Therefore these bits have remained as they were.

Tracklist:
1.Untitled I
2.Untitled II
3.Φιλάμε Χέρια Και Κουνάμε Μωρά (We Kiss Hands And Cradle Babies)
4.Λάμπα Λάβας (Lava Lamp)
5.Μεγάλος Αδερφός (Big Brother)
6.Ξερή Τροφή Για Ιγκουάνα (Μέρος 1ο) [Dry Food For Iguanas (Part I)]
7.Κύκλοι (Circles)
8.Ξερή Τροφή Για Ιγκουάνα (Μέρος 2ο) [Dry Food For Iguanas (Part II)]
9.Τα Πρώτα Φασόλια Του Ιούνη (June's First Beans)
10.Untitled III
11.Αρρώστια (Sickness)
12.Πολυεστέρας (Polyester)
13.Αίμα Βλέννα Νεκρά Κύτταρα (Blood Mucus Dead Cells)
14.Αντίδοτο (Antidote)
15.Untitled IV
16. ____________
17.Ηλιοτρόπιο (Sunflower)
18.Τα Όμορφα Χωριά Όμορφα Καίγονται (Beautiful Villages Are Beautifully Burned)
19.Untitled V
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