Incinerator : triple 3" CD set (Goat, SIXES, Xome)
is this disc a delightful ear pillaging from Xome, SIXES, and Goat, but
each disc also represents the first pro-pressed CD release by each artist.
It's fair to say you couldn't ask for more, so why not pull up a chair
and prepare for aural joy? Each artist delivers approx. 20 minutes of
noise explosions, the likes of which one might only dream of acquiring
in an ideal world.
Xome is a highly regarded noise artist from San Francisco, perhaps
best-known for his live shows--fantastic displays of split second timing
and rapid jumps between drenching feedback and gristly distortion.
Goat, from Texas, is certainly as well known as Xome but much more
reclusive; his infrequent and incendiary five minute live sets are the
stuff of lore, and his releases (also frustratingly infrequent) are always
cause for much rejoicing in the noise community.
SIXES is a demonic action figure from Oakland, CA who alters air
pressure in any given room with his saturation tests of fuzz and distortion
chaos. He recently appeared on the California 10 LP boxset (as did Xome)
and has a solo LP on Enterruption.
Here's a small but deadly package to warm you up on a cold winter evening,
a triple three-incher of scorching noise courtesy Xome, aka Bob Scott,
who is (as I can never resist quoting Blake Edwards' website) "a
highly regarded noise artist from San Francisco, perhaps best-known for
his live shows--fantastic displays of split second timing and rapid jumps
between drenching feedback and gristly distortion"; Goat, from Texas,
whose "infrequent and incendiary five minute live sets are the stuff of
lore"; and Sixes, "a demonic action figure from Oakland, CA who alters
air pressure in any given room with his saturation tests of fuzz and distortion
chaos." Quite what constitutes a "highly regarded noise artist" as opposed
to an aspiring or second division or frankly hopeless sound artist is
open to debate, as is where these days one is supposed to draw the line
between noise and music. And trying to decide what is a good, even great,
noise album as opposed to a bad one reminds me of that old joke--Q: What's
the difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut? A: Two weeks--maybe it's just a question of pumping up the volume a couple of notches.
Noise is a musical genre (maybe we should say noisy genre) that has managed
to dispense with value judgement altogether. So this lethal little set
is as good as you want it to be.--Dan Warburton, paristransatlantic.com
despite having downloaded a few albums by goat over the years, i failed to actually listen to anything by him until now. sadly, an all too common occurrence for me. now that i'm actually listening to it, i'm impressed. pretty much straight up harshness, no trickery, nothing unexpected thrown in, just a great full on assault. it's dense, to be sure, but with some great feedback and other noises tossed in, i'm with andy for the full twenty minutes. i'm promising myself right now to listen to more goat.
ryan's disc is upholding my theory that it's best not to expect anything (in terms of sound, not quality, that much is a given) from a sixes release as he's one of the better artists when it comes to album to album variation. this time i have to say he's out done himself, not in a "what the hell is this?" sense, but the fact that this is probably my favorite thing by him. there's no density to be found here at all on the nine minute opener cop, instead it is pleasingly spread out and packed full of great nuances that you really need to listen to through headphones in order to fully appreciate how terrific it all is. smack has a fuller sound to it and raises the noise level up a bit. the last track, fix, is in a similar vein as the previous one, but the last two minutes of it have some great panned noise that manages to get even better as the disc draws nearer to completion. daaamn. that sums this one up. wait, daaaaaaaaaammmmmn. that's better.
holy crap, i should've taken my headphones off for xome's cd as this is loud as hell. xome's working with the density here, but he shows you how to flip that into something harsh as hell with some great pedal work. he's obviously not content to just relax behind a huge wall of distortion, this is screechy, rumbling, loud, harsh and making me completely fucking deaf. well done!
goat, sixes and xome all brought their a-game to deluxe incinerator, and i'd strongly recommend that you pick this one up.--smooth assailing