Album Review

Maksymenko, Michael – “BusinessCide ” – [ReR Usa]

Max Level   6/26/2008   A Library, CD

Retrospective (1977-89) of this crazed drummer/vocalist, who is either Russian, Swedish, or perhaps both. His music is an energetic sort of Beefheart-inspired dada-blues-rock played by some technically incredible musicians on guitar, bass, and drums. Maksymenko’s singing style is mostly talk/yelling and his drumming is hyperactive with an element of silliness in just the right places. Yes, silliness; no question this man has a sense of humor. Tracks 1-8: his young Trout Mask Replica-worshipping trio Krldjursanstalten, based in Sweden. Tracks 9-11: from his 1985 solo record. Tracks 12-14: Crazy Backwards Alphabet, the amazing project that teamed Maksymenko with (for the most part) inventive guitarist Henry Kaiser and the bass player’s bass player Andy West. Guitarist Bob Adams and drummer John “Drumbo” French are also in the CBA mix. This is not easy material to digest, as it is full of hairpin turns and manic playing; in fact this CD is somewhat exhausting to listen to all in one sitting. But there are many delights to be found in this man’s strange musical world. So check this out.

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