Body Shame: Open Sores tape (SDM Records, 2017)

September 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Body Shame: Open Sores tape

Usually the term body shame refers to making fun of someone for being overweight, but in this artist’s case, it seems more like being ashamed that one inhabits a body, and wanting to transcend it or break free from it, no matter the damage. This is rambunctious, barely controlled percussive chaos with clattering drums completely broken free from any conventional rhythmic grid patterns and lava-like bursts of squelching synths. Some of it feels like an attempt to play doom metal entirely on a card table full of busted electronic equipment and dilapidated drums, yet all of these inanimate objects have lives of their own and keep scurrying across the room and doing things they’re not supposed to. It can be hard to grasp what the artist is trying to accomplish here, even after multiple listens, but there’s obviously a lot of thought put into this, and it feels like an intense self-examination as well as a deafening cry out from within. There’s nothing pretty or tame about any of this, it’s messy, destructive, chaotic, and incredibly challenging. It’s also highly exhilarating, a life-affirming body rush. For fans of Scissor Shock, Five Star Hotel, Nero’s Day At Disneyland. Available from Bandcamp.

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