Boomkat Product Review:
From the frazzled mind and wires of Beau Wanzer c. 2000-2003, ‘Do The Spider Shimmy’ offers a peek into his archive predating everything else he’s issued over the past decade under multiple pseudonyms
Recently unearthed by Suction co-founder Solvent, the EP’s 6 tracks hark back to a time when Wanzer was working at Chicago’s Weekend Records and Soap, a main hub for electro, where he gave a 21 track CDr to Solvent & Lowfish, who were due to play an Ersatz Audio event that night.
15 years later those tracks have escaped the CDr and Suction Records office onto 10”, packing some of the most melodic yet bare bones joints in Wanzer’s catalogue of mutated electro/EBM/New Wave/minimal electronic rot.
On the front you’ll catch the brilliant chromatic gob of wave snot ‘Baby Love’ beside a sizzling drum machine workout ‘Do The Spider Shimmy’ reminding of classic Pametex, and the wicked drip-off tang of ‘Never Look Back’ recalling Cylob or D’Arcangelo. Down below his signature taste for skrawny, puckered tones comes into play on ‘You Can’t Stand on Broken Shoes’, and a freaky highlight int he stumbling drunken master steez of ‘The Peeper.’