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*******HORIZONTAL ACTION (AluminumKnotEye - 'Trunk Lunker' LP, Dead Beat)
AluminumKnotEye have been around, in one form or another, for about ten
years. They've always been odd, fucked-up, strange, nearly unclassifiable. They
don't really care about making friends. They can clear the room. They come from
small backwoods WI burgs with names like "Chilton" and "Manitowoc." They
sound like a queer mix between Chrome, the Residents, the Electric Eels, Devo, Big
Black, the Pagans and a myriad of other bygone weirdo/punk groups. They are
loud, abrasive, ugly. They are fucking great. They are occasionally a mechanical mess. They are sometimes unpredictable. They perform and have recorded songs with titles like "Final Fling of the Amputee" and "Cannibal Chew Cud." They sound like they mean it. They also perform and have recorded one of my current favorite songs: "Scales in the Tub," which, somehow, reminds me of a sci-fi themed CCR tune reworked by renegade robots. And they just released a CD that contains the aforementioned material and it's very good and you should buy it. (Eric Lastname)

*******TERMINAL BOREDEOM (AluminumKnotEye - 'Trunk Lunker' LP, Dead Beat)
After a low-key decade-long run, Wisconsin's AluminumKnotEye finally unleash an alb proper. These guys were making strange noise before strange noise was the current rave, before the nouveau indie bohemes copped the "art" schtick, before the last crop of garage punks dropped their Rip Off's covers and headed for discordant, angular horseshit that's as empty and worthless as it is fake. AKE are the real deal, and I love 'em for it. Think pieces of Chrome, the Residents, Big Black and Debris grafted onto the primitive r'n'r template birthed by the Pagans, the Electric Eels, early A. Cooper, etc., yet addled by the big-balls overdrive of early AmRep savagery and mangled by savage production. Keith's vox writhe and growl over the din as it explodes in short bursts and threatens to collapse, the barely-noticeable keys scraping weirdo patterns in the underbelly of it all the while. "Scales in the Tub" is tune of the year. Buy, or forever wallow in other stuff by other bands. Vinyl on Deadbeat forthcoming. (EL)

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