Album Review

Democri$y – “S/T ” – [Self Released]

Max Level   1/2/2006   A Library, CD

Democri$y (democracy = hypocrisy) is a noise group from So Cal. Their agenda leans toward the political, in that their writings and performances display their criticism of what they call “overextended power”. Exactly what they’re getting at sonically, though, they say is open to interpretation. All four members are credited as contributing “noise” and nothing else. That translates to feedback, crashes, buzzes, hums, and disturbed human voices. Imagine two angry monsters fighting to the death atop a calliope in a metallic hailstorm of forks and knives. Crusty old pirates gargling. Dogs in blenders. Slow-motion car wrecks. Noisemaster Bob Bellerue recorded and mixed this. An amusing DIY touch in the liner notes: “Contains a few mistakenly included ‘bonus’ throwaway tracks. Sorry.”. I wonder which ones they were, since all tracks are equally brilliant/horrible.

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