Boomkat Product Review:
Diskaholics is the collective guise of noise thoroughbreds Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke and Mats Gustafsson, a trio whose Weapons Of Ass Destruction LP set ears ringing a couple of years back on Norway's Smalltown Supersound imprint. This release on Load documents Diskaholics on their hols over in Japan, recording a searing live set along the way. The first half, 'Bent Triangle Pinkakotheca' scrunches up guitar distortion with tinnitus-inducing feedback tones, burbling electronics and presumably (given the presence of Gustafsson) some abstracted reed sounds, although it's hard to tell exactly what's making all the racket at times. However, far from being a curmudgeonly, monotonous noise outing, this album is full of light and shade, and for every moment of Mego-style extreme electronic dissonance, there's an equally brilliant guitar passage - and yes, surprisingly for a record that luxuriates in extremes you'll actually encounter elements that exhibit some degree of craft, musicianship and sensitivity. Awesome.