Album Review

Triclops! – “Cafeteria Brutalia” – [Missing Finger Records]

ophelia necro   10/22/2008   A Library

Triclops! formed in 2005 by Christian Beaulieu of San Francisco’s Bottles and Skulls and Johnny from Oakland’s Fleshies. Later joined by Phil from the defunct band Lower Forty-Eight and bass player Larry Boothroyd (of Victim’s Family/Hellworms/Saturn’s Flea Collar fame). “Cafeteria Brutalia” was engineered by Phil Manley of Trans Am, Fucking Champs, Golden and originally released on the “SickRoom” label. This lovely picture disc was relased by the relatively new “Missing Finger Records” label out of Brooklyn. 4 awe inspiring and intense tracks ranging from 3+ to 10+ minutes. “Mi Plisboy” starts things off with the combination of a metallic surf-punk riff and Johnny’s seething anti-colonialism (howled in Creole dialect from the perspective of a New Guinean police officer), the singer’s dark lyrics match the manic intensity of the music, whether detailing a john’s fatal rendezvous with a wrench-wielding transvestite on “Jewel of Oakland,” or depicting a surreal battle with mosquitoes on the swirling epic “Bug Bomb.” Yet, as compelling as the recorded material is, it pales in comparison to the frenzy of the live Triclops! experience. Intense, loud and?? powerful the musicians lock horns on dense, multi-part tunes while Johnny delivers his unhinged vocals while crawling underneath or riding atop his audience. Good times!

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