Kräldjursanstalten — Voodoo Boogie / Nu Är Det Allvar!!
(Megaphone 020, 1981/1996, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01
Have the Excedrin bottle handy for this one. Actually it's not that bad, and in fact starts to reveal itself after a few listens as being pretty innovative and unique. But the shouted punky vocals, frenetic pace, and jangly dissonance might be a bit much for the casual listener. This Swedish trio led by drummer Michael Maksymenko existed from around '77 through '81. During that time, the band put out one five song EP, and then followed it up with a full album; both are included on this reissue. They play an extremely busy art-punk with only bass, guitars, and drums, although both drums and guitars are multi-tracked on most of the songs, resulting in a sound that's more like a five piece. Maybe if one could imagine Trout Mask era Beefheart without the Captain and his blues, with a punk singer substituting and a thirty pound brick on the accelerator. Especially noteworthy is guitarist Stefan Agaton's schizophrenic dual leads recalling Syd Barrett's unpredictable and artful machinations; but more than anything it's Maksymenko's innovative and non-standard drum assault that gives their material its one-of-a-kind character, perhaps in the neighborhood of Guigou Chenevier in his days with Etron Fou. A lot of studio gimmicks are employed as well, all to good ends, though with so much going on (or off) at the same time, it does make for a rather challenging listen. Fortunately, the recording techniques make good use of stereo separation; when the listener is plugged in, each track of guitar can be heard very clearly on its own. In all, it's an outstanding album, but very challenging as well.
Related artist(s): Kräldjursanstalten
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more