Screwtape from Kalamazoo - Anthemunanthem - technical punk

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Screwtape Y1.993K Anthemunanthem

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  1. Three Red Bicycles
  2. Stickinhole
  3. (Herman Keypad's) Disadvantage or The Rape of Baby Jessica
  4. Number 28
  5. pb
  6. Law of the Land
  7. Spiderfarm
  8. (Herman Keypad's)Dissadvantage (Reprise) or Margarettes Love After Death
  9. Underneath (Anthemunanthem)
God, man, where are we going?

Where are we going? Science! Murder! Sex! Killer robotic spiders! Men who are not animals! Men who are ducks! We will race to the moon!

Built on spastic technical riffy metalic nerdy punk, Anthemunanthem delivers an excitement-per-minute ratio that few other discs can afford.

Song themes range from the perverse stalkings of manical rapist "Herman Keypad", to the action-packed science fiction dramas of "Number 28" and "Spiderfarm".

The music is metal and clean guitar, expertly played like a horny savant show-off - bass is overplayed with lots of notes and pops and Primusy hammerons - drums are likety-split and tight. Three people sing and scream and talk over the fast, fast, hectic music. Songs are the opposite of repititous - they are partsy and busy and tight and hectic and frantic - grooves are only tasted for seconds, and you'll have to listen to the disc again if you want to hear a chorus twice.

This record sounds like the riffy talky parts of Nomeansno, speed and riffs of The Victim's Family, (in fact, much of the Alternative Tentacles catalog might be appropriate comparisons) Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, (and other Mike Patton stuff) ,Devo, John Zorn-like rapid changes and jazzy interludes, Failure - like riffs and science fiction themes, Queen!. moments of punk like SNFU or The Offspring, The Flaming Lips, Mark Ribot and the Rootless Cosmopolitans, some bass wizardry like Primus, many moments like Helmet's "Meantime", fans of Thrice might enjoy all the super-guitar played here, even moments of Metallica or Iron Maiden can be heard, They Might Be Giants? cartoony moments that come from Bugs Bunny shorts, jokes! drama! Kalamazoo 93' comtemporaries (e.g., Thought Industry, Twitch, Killswitch, Sounds like Braille), Unique? No, but at least very rare! I'm doing my best here to describe - Download #28 - its a good sample.

Pop music fans should absolutely hate this. Passive listeners who like to snap their fingers and sing along should go check out The Hudson Debacle (my other cool band).

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