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Boomkat Product Review:
So you’re into noise music are you? You’ve had your ears caressed and lacerated by Wolf Eyes, Prurient and Hair Police so now it’s time (if you haven’t already) to get two hands on one of the most important noise acts of all time – Whitehouse! ‘Birthdeath Experience’ was the band’s first album, recorded in 1980 and using only an effects pedal, two synths and a tone generator. The recordings are raw and unpolished and the trio of William Bennett, Paul Reuter and Peter McKay use their equipment to belch out a Throbbing Gristle inspired noisy, pseudo industrial slop. Crackling static and swirling feedback sounds soar over wobbling subbass and of course William Bennet’s screamed poetry. Much less noisy than you’d think from a band with the reputation of Whitehouse (they managed to do all that later on in their long career) this shows the birth of a band destined for the history books. Unashamedly singular in their vision and influencing countless acts, their records have never sounded more relevant now – we are in a time when protest, when our right to be extreme is challenged almost daily. We are living in a time when things are too cozy for comfort and extremity is considered to be far too threatening; William Bennett and his deranged statements might just have come of age… Essential!