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Lhasa Cement Plant — I Am Providence
(Flydaddy fly-032, 1998, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1999-01-01

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Recorded live at Terrastock ‘97, this New England based four-piece improvisational unit takes the listener on one crazy, forty minute, tripped up mind excursion. The building blocks here are two heavily abused guitars, bass, drums, and an endless amount of amplification and screaming feedback, all twisted up into knots, sliced into little pieces, and toasted on the grill. Anything can happen here, it’s a complete and total freakout where all four instruments are brutally sparring in an effort to make more noise than the other three. Jarring outbursts of convoluted mind numbing feedback lay waste to everything in amplifications' path. Drums and bass occasionally find a groove of sorts — or at the very least it sounds like they were listening to each other at that point of the performance. Otherwise the music tends to be completely formless and anarchic, a grating industrial form of sonic terrorism that dissolves brain cells on contact. While this sort of free-form musical expression may not be for everyone, this writer found it to be (after the initial shock of the first play) rather relaxing when played at moderately low volumes. Your mileage may vary.


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