Boomkat Product Review:
Charlie was Melt Banana's 3rd album and the first to be released on their own A-Zap imprint. The album marks quite a departure in the band's sound, with longer, and dare I say it, more accessible songs than on their previous recordings.
The recording is characterised by a heavier electronic presence. Just listen to the barroom brawl that is 'Spathic!', the track melds the band's aggressive guitar riffing with a verse part constituted largely by layered samples of breaking glass as the primary accompaniment to Yasuko's voice.
"Another all-out attack of scream-and-careen mathified skree core from Tokyo’s most tightly wound springs. Fourteen tracks of mind altering, brain boggling, and spine crushing shrapnel punk with vocals that hit your head like high-pitched knives and music that bores through your flesh like some kind of new super drill. Sure they look nice enough, but don’t get your ears too close, these yaros bite. Like getting stabbed in the face and bragging about the conquest later. Embarking right this second on a trans-continental tour that will bring them perilously close to each and every one of you. Our advice, go see them you obviously haven’t been using those ears for any good purpose anyhow. Guest appearances from MR. BUNGLE, the THREE DOCTORS BAND, THE WINTERMITTENS, and members of DIESELHED. Posters and promotional match books are yours for the asking, go ahead, ask..."