Boomkat Product Review:
Somebody hold me back, it's the brand new album from Japanese noisy punky shouty things Melt-Banana, and of course it's absolutely awesome. We've long been obsessed with Melt-Banana, we know we're not the only ones but there's something demonically addictive about their patented screams accompanied by double-time beats and occasionally the most destructive electronics imaginable. I guess this is punk's answer to the horror that is breakcore, but where breakcore encourages hippies and students to get up and get drunk, Melt-Banana practically force you to jump around like a lunatic. This ain't music for sitting on your bed and crying a little bit, reminiscing about when you saw a daffodil open for the first time and writing sad stories to imaginary nymphs, this is music for losing any sense of pride and dancing so hard that your shoes end up flying into someone's face, causing a glass fight. It's riot grrrl with a Japanese twist, it's punk with technicality, it's noise with a tune - it's addictive and frankly, awesome. This is so totally my kind of record, and if you haven't managed to hear Melt-Banana before then I seriously think you need to remedy that; lying somewhere in the murky space between Deerhoof and Huggy Bear (really...) they somehow make music that sounds at once referential and incredibly unique. 'Bambi's Dilemma' hasn't really moved that sound on a great deal since 2003's amazing 'Cell Scape' either, but what it does do is give us eighteen (!) killer pop-punk-noise cuts of such blistering brilliance that by the end of it you feel genuinely exhausted. The album kicks off in 'proper' style with 'Spider Snipe', possibly one of the band's most addictive crossover moments to date and that sets the pace for the first half of the album, but where it comes into its own for me is when mid-way through the album the guitars and bass are dropped in favour of that most wonderful of electronic instruments, the Theremin. Apparently the band call it 'Theremin-core' and I can't disagree with that, the collision of heavy frenetic drumming and bubbling, screetching, hiccupping synth tones makes you wonder why nobody's thought of it before - leave it to Melt-Banana to take hardcore into fresh new pastures eh? I shouldn't really go on, I'm frothing at the mouth already and it's only lunch time, let me just tell you that you NEED this record - it's without a doubt the best full-on rock record of the year. RAAAAARGH.