Album Review

Nerfbau – “Error Swarms” – [Resipiscent Records]

Cousin Mary   9/30/2010   A Library, CD

Nerfbau (a wry play on the word Merzbow) is Jsun McCarty and Michael Daddona from Oakland. Nerfbau uses a palette of sounds to make noise art using contact mics, samples, pedals, circuit bent electronics, vocal mics, and various junk. Voices are frequently intelligible and add to the emotional impact of these pieces. Some sounds are industrial, like jackhammers; some might be a bass, a guitar, wind instrument or a keyboard, might be reprocessed or not.

Fun facts: Nerfbau runs Ratskin records. They also perform live as Styrofoam Sanchez, which involves lots of styrofoam breaking.

There is a lot of great work coming out of the noise scene in the San Francisco area, but this is exceptional! Recommended!

PGM: Tracks 14/15/16 would track through and play well together.

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