"For some reason, we still think of Gang Wizard as a band with its basic thrust in punk muddery. Why this continues to be our sad lot I dunno. 'Cause their new split eponymous LP with Algebrassiere (Black Bean and Placenta/Breath Mint/Deathbomb Arc/etc) is a gush of air that is free from all known styles. There is talk (in some quarters) that the Algebrassiere side is the free-er of the two, but such conversation is just a lotta bull! Show us one single non-destroyed form on the Gang Wizard side and we'll gladly eat your hat. Sure, the tools that these young Californians use are "rock" tools, but the stuff they get out of them is purist munge. It varies between accreted noise-form (feedback laced, natch) and the kinda free-plonk that makes hot ducks wiggle from sea to shining sea. And truly, they seem to be introducing some new instruments into the mix as well, although the sonics are too crabby for us to get anything like a firm handle on what the hell it is they're actually doing. Beside pleasing the bejeezus outta listeners, that is. Algebrassiere are from Baltimore and their blow is sweet and weird in a way that almost recalls some of Smegma's early early crudity. Stylish!" - Arthur Magazine (Thurston Moore / Byron Coley)
"Only something so overtly insouciant could be this good; there’s no regard for an audience, or listener, or ‘target-market’—the latter of which exists only in subatomic form, writhing in a petri dish somewhere in a lachrymose med-lab deemed hotly relevant in light of the prickly partisan stem-cell prattle. Only the omniloquent Roland Barthes could handle something this contradictory: this is machine music hewed by humans; its schizophrenic qualities borrow equally from bolts and blood, just as the French philosopher walks artificially with stilts, his soles strutting above the straight and narrow of a posteriori hands-in-the-soil posthaste activity and overly eager, eagle-eyed empiricism. And how appropriate; for the band of folk sharing sides on this recording engage in the selfsame processes. " - Stylus Magazine
released July 1, 2004
Hand-numbered edition of 264 copies.
Blackbean And Placenta Tape Club – BBPTC 504, Breathmint – BM095, Deathbomb Arc – DBA029, Ecstatic Yod – E#83G/FYPL44, Little Mafia Records – LM030, Sloth Jinni – SJ001, Sunship Records – SUN34, Supermasterpiece – none
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