Frigid Forms Sell
on D.C.-based Lovitt Records way back in 2000, this rerelease on
Jade Tree blows away last year's Anaesthesia, thanks to a
looser, jammier dance vibe. When the synths are at full effect,
Milemarker is modernized synth-pop cross-pollinated seamlessly with
angular post-modern guitars, resulting in new-art-prog by proxy.
What the hell does that mean? The whole thing feels like the
soundtrack to a horror film on the Sci-Fi Channel; the kind of music
that would be playing in a bar in Blade Runner.
We're talking tear-your-head-off, D.C.-style
angle-punk fused with futuristic synth noises and sneering vocals --
what would happen if you cross-bred The Faint with At the Drive In.
"Cryogenic Sleep" is a laid-back indie stroller that
changes gears, carving itself to pieces with bandsaw guitar, before
dropping back into a robotic synth thing. On the trip-hoppin'
"Industry for the Blind," synth/vocalist Roby Husick
sounds like a strung-out Gwen Stefani, glowering over a synthesized
haunted-house choir. The track ends with other-vocalist Dave Laney
screaming PiL-style. Couldn't tell you what those two are singing
about, though I imagine it's something either sexy or futuristic,
judging by the bits and starts of lyrics: "Turn on the
microwave and defrost the world." (Sex Jam One: Sexual
Machinery) or "She looked at me / With the biggest brown
eyes / And screamed at me / Would you like to fuck?" (Sex
Jam Two: Insect Incest).
Despite being all over the place, the Frigid
Forms Sell is surprisingly thematic and, ultimately, danceable.
What brings all the chaos together is Sean Husick's incredibly
precise, powerful drumming. The sound coming from his set
consistently propels every track with a sense of urgency, unsettling
almost on the verge of panic.
Posted Jan. 21, 2002. Copyright © 2002 Tim McMahan.
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tear-your-head-off, D.C.-style angle-punk fused with
futuristic synth noises and sneering vocals -- what would
happen if you cross-bred The Faint with At the Drive In"