Album Review

Ahleuchatistas – “What You Will ” – [Cuneiform Records]

Max Level   2/9/2006   A Library, CD

Hand grenade math rock from this all-instrumental Asheville NC guitar/bass/drums trio. On this, their third album, they continue their agenda of expressing social commentary and protest without the use of any actual words. Their complex musical pieces are full of hairpin turns and constant attack, and the way the individual parts lock together is pretty amazing; it’s rare for this trio to do anything for longer than four bars without careening into something completely different. All three guys are super players and the band has a stripped-down, just-jack-in-and-play-without-distortion-pedals sound. Art can’t help being a product of the social conditions around it; given the chaotic, confusing, and violent world we live in, what’s a band to do except make music like this? And what are we Americans to do except remain ignorant over-consumers of mind-numbing junk while horrors and bombs rain down on everyone else? Are you getting the point yet?

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