Boomkat Product Review:
‘Sido Not Dead’ is a super groggy drone rock killer from Clayton Noone’s CJA, arriving in the wake of his head-slapping turn with The Futurians, which is also newly dispensed by Alga Marghen’s awesome Planam sublabel
The kind of record that will drive some to the edge of madness, and others to peaks of distorted euphoria, ‘Sido Not Dead’ says its piece in the bluntest, unconsciously honest terms with some 40 minutes of detuned, monotone, droning guitar jangle that makes everything else seem posh and try hard by comparison. Think Tony Conrad and Sunn 0))) attempting to undergo each other, and you’ve nearly got the measure of this magnificent slab. Maaaan, this shit is strongggggg.
“As reported by Campbell Kneale (Birchville Cat Motel, Our Love Will Destroy The World, C-Psi-P): "I narrowly avoided an English-second-language tete-a-tete in Belgium once when I refused to believe in the face of all evidence that Sunn O)))'s newly released Flight Of The Behemoth (2012) was not CJA. I was wrong, but whatever... I was already ascending Lucifer's path to the stars not garbed in chic grim-robes but a pilling homespun jersey that stunk of wet dog. I confess and repent... for me, all 'this kinda music' was an exercise in deftly crafted slovenliness and anonymous surface texture, but in spending time with a tape simply labeled Sido Not Dead I was struck dumb with the burning religious fervor of real people who had truly forgotten to give a fuck and at that very moment unto me was bestowed a mighty vision of two-bar heaters, worn cream carpet, mooching about in slippers with cups of budget herbal tea. A long winter weekend that passed too close to a tape recorder and whose glacial momentum had accidentally combed the little magnetic thingies on the cassette into recognizable geometric shapes. This was my (unwashed) fork in the road: facile, nihilistic, too lazy to make it to the letterbox, yet enlightened, enlivened, ascended, eternal... blangblangblang... GRONGGRONG... blangblangblang... GRONGGRONG... Fellow pilgrims and travellers to furthest inner outposts... herein lies your scripture."