Album Review

AIDS Wolf – “Ma Vie Banale Avant-garde” – [lovepump united]

Thurston Hunger   2/14/2013   12-inch, A Library

When god gives you lemons, the hell with lemonade, I say
stop believing in God. But with AIDS Wolf, I guess it’s different.
So this is less a review and more of a Cosmic Request for
completeness. What we have here is an album that I really love
50% of, I get to love that 50% twice as we have two duplicate side A/B’s.
A.W. double deliver that manic, but controlled wonder that KFJC has
inhaled over the years (they even graced our studios and
thus our Live from the Devil’s Triangle comp #11). This 2011 release
kinda cranks up the Tom Smith, To Live And Shave razor of sound.
Chloe Lum’s vox are naturally freaked enough but they go through
an additional funhouse of effects here. Toy sounds are overloaded
and crucial, making a Zeek Sheck polkadot electrocuting sound often.
Guitars are searing and chase Chloe’s vox, or flashing up high
in the sky/neck. Drums are of the flailing variety, bashing done
by Chloe’s beau, Yannick Desranleau. It’s a pretty amazing warped
vortex of noise rock, the drums being a key grounding. Anyways,
I tried priming the LovePump and will continue to seek out the missing
C/D sides (perhaps even seedier than the A/B). Hard to be mad
at these Canadians if you read the surrender note Chloe wrote
turning this record into their apparent swan song.
Well worth a read. Looks like she and Yannick are making colorful
art without sound at
And we’ve got a Brainolith cassette from their guitarist get a
dizzy doozy bit of bluesy. I think the Wolf will survive
overcoming morons and more oxymorons than this albums’ title
can hold. This does rawk y’know. If you’re a radio station holding
two copies of the C/D sides, let’s touch transmitters.
-Thurston Hunger

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