Album Review

Ono – “Albino” – [Moniker Records]

Thurston Hunger   12/6/2012   12-inch, A Library

Been digging the Moniker label a lot as of late. Heard about
this in the pipeline, and dusted off KFJC’s old copy of 1982’s
“Machines That Kill People” and my jaw fell to the ground,
my ears quickly followed. Holy lost fountain of art rock?
Or is it avant-gospel? P. Michael Grego’s web site talked about
Ono becoming “an Experimental musical ensemble by accident.”
Evidently, they’ve still been active in Chicago for the past
three decades (there’s an official 1986 release “Ennui” which KFJC
lacks) Over the years and the edge of the stage, members have been
sucked in towards the swirling core, and shot out but P. Michael
and travis (Dobbs) still bookend the madness today. P. Michael
provides filthy blues-chewing. fire-spewing guitar on this album
while travis sings deep as Mississippi mud. Check out the opening
track here, it’s an industrial spiritual. They find all the colors
in both Black and White, which then get pretty (and) smeared in the
dizzy, dirty mixes here. Every definition of queer gets worked in
proudly. If you want to start closer to the ground, check out their
cover of VU’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties” but the blitzed out beauty
and angst and rock like “Veil” and “Albino” (where the liner sheet
is a must to receive the distored communique) are not to be missed.
And this is no Yoko joke-o, Ono as in Onomatopoeia, I think this
is just how life sounds to these folks, and it is heavy duty.
And dig info @ http://ono1980.com/
-Thurston Hunger

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