Album Review

Belastungsprobe – “Platzdruck 90 ATU ” – [Play Loud]

Thurston Hunger   12/7/2006   7-inch, A Library

Another slice of magic madness from this unknown German no-wave godlike
project. At times you get fuzz-grind guitars, oblique synthi, reverb
tripped out vocals…and then there’s the oompah country number replete
with yee-hoos on “Politikertanz.” Most bands don’t pump out this much
variety in a decade, much less in a 7″ record! Sorta roadhouse punk
meets arthouse new wave? Avant garage indeed, with your garage parked
in 1981. Robot hypnosis on “Randerscheinung” is still ahead of the hit
curve, but really everything on here is top-notch…seems like a classic
example of the power of a band focused on making things interesting for
themselves and thus coming up with something enchanting. Great use of
angular melodies, has that Messthetics knack for sneaky syncopation
where you wouldn’t expect things to be kinda catchy. Fred is Dead?
…man, Fred Wasn’t Even Born… This is a release that deftly defies
categorization…and time…and those who won’t play it. Superb!

-Thurston Hunger

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