Archive for Wolf Eyes

Wolf Eyes / Prurient – The Warriors (Hospital Productions) 2006

Posted in Music, noise, Prurient, Wolf Eyes with tags , , , on January 1, 2011 by noisenoisenoise

This is sadly out of print but readily available if you stalk Discogs. When I first experimented with leftfield non-music the idea of subjecting myself to another Wolf Eyes record after my experience with Burned Mind was a remote possibility at best. But as the years have trickled by and my ears have tuned in properly, a Wolf Eyes record is an exciting prospect. From the outset I should mention that this is not a collaboration. Wolf Eyes do the first two tracks and Prurient has  the final eleven. I’m not entirely sure what the point of that is except perhaps a financial collaboration for the band. Initially on buying this I was a bit disappointed because I was keen to hear  a pure collaboration like Prurient’s work with Kevin Drumm to Wolf Eyes work with Black Dice. But when I approached it as two separate EP’s from giants of the noise scene it became a lot more fun. The two Wolf Eyes tracks explore the creepier more minimal side of the band rather than the horror death disco of Burned Mind. They are great – brooding horror- capes of unsettling intensity. The eleven Prurient tracks rank among his best. High pitched scree and industrial clang moves into those distortion laden dark ambient passages found on Black Post Society. Quality stuff. This morning is New Years Day and after a night of being subject to a great deal of U2 and Powderfinger I’m probably enjoying this a little too much.

Wolf Eyes – Wolf Eyes (Bulb) 2000

Posted in Music, noise, Wolf Eyes with tags , , on July 21, 2010 by noisenoisenoise

When I was a wee tacker my older sister was given one of those Casio keyboards with the  inbuilt drum machine. Oddly enough I suspect that the boys from Wolf Eyes grew up with something very similar. That drum machine is everywhere on Wolf Eyes first proper release and if you thought you’d get something approaching Burned Mind’s horrific death disco this will be a puzzling and somewhat amusing listen. For all of the noise records I’ve accumulated in the last couple of years I’ve only got five Wolf Eyes records in total. When I listened to those  records I was always puzzled by the constant media comparisons between ThrobbingGristle and Wolf Eyes. At last I can see the connection because Wolf Eyes is not a harsh noise record and the horror noise of their later incarnations is nowhere to be heard but the expansive and slightly daggy experimentation of TG is all present. If you were to hear this is an invisible jukebox situation then I reckon anyone who was more familiar with the later Wolf Eyes records would draw a blank on this one. If you can get over those hurdles, Wolf Eyes is a pretty good  if very odd listen.

Wolf Eyes – Burned Mind (Sub Pop) 2004

Posted in Music, noise, Wolf Eyes with tags , on April 2, 2010 by noisenoisenoise

This was my first encounter with noise and I would guess that this might be true for many other noise nerds. Burned Mind may have been the strangest thing ever released by Sub Pop and around the time I bought this in 2004 I would go to  my local record store and buy the latest releases from labels I knew. This one blew me way. I was a bit bored by music around this time and was even dabbling with alt-country in an attempt to find something new. I certainly fucking found it on Burned Mind. When I first listened to it I had no idea what it was. It sounded like the most brutal thing on Earth – waves of nauseating pulses and unrelenting, terrifying noise. Time has luckily moved on and when I listen to Burned Mind now it almost seems like a party record compared to some of the other stuff I’ve encountered over the intervening years. Sure that party may be the most evil party I’d ever  go to, and there is no certainty that I would actually come out alive, and if I did probably with the loss of a limb or something – but I suppose what I’m trying to say is that it is a strangely accessible record. Maybe the reason for that is that what anchors most of the tracks are fat distorted beats and a phrasing which recalls early Swans material. I don’t own a huge amount of Wolf Eyes but I think this is still my favourite record. If you can’t get into this then the US version of noise may not be your thing.

Aaron Dilloway – Boggs Vol. Two (Hanson) 2005

Posted in Aaron Dilloway, Music, noise, Wolf Eyes with tags , , , on August 31, 2009 by noisenoisenoise

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The focus of this blog had been firmly on Merzbow and to a lesser extent The Dead C, which is kind of unintentional because I really love the whole US noise scene and I don’t think I’ve done enough to draw some really good records to your attention. One of the best noise records I own is Boggs Volume Two. You see one of the problems with being an obsessive compulsive record  buyer is that sometimes I forget to listen for simple enjoyment rather than consuming the latest thing I’ve bought and then moving on. Part of the reason is the quest to keep this blog as current as I can but I’ve decided to have a record buying moratorium for a couple of weeks and concentrate on those records that got me hooked on the whole noise thing in the first place. I mean, that is the reason I started this shitty blog after all.

Given his tenure as a one time Wolf Eyes member it would be easy to assume a continuation of the skull-fuck, death-disco of his former band. What Dilloway actually produces is a more sublime form of noise which is less sheer noise terror and more explorations in sound and texture. More Giffoni and less Hair Police if that means anything to you. Dilloway steps away from the terror and brutality of the scene around him and embraced space and light. The four tracks here are constantly changing. Like Wiese yet more muscular and less fussy. The first two tracks are  Dilloway embraces tape experiments, glitch, harsh noise,  walls of distortion, frequency abuse and loops. This might sound really dumb but the sound on Boggs is really tactile. Boggs  is a real noise nerd’s wet dream, especially the first two Seizure tracks . You can pick up this really cheaply on ebay and Amazon and I urge you to do so because your record collection will suck without this. No shit.

Nautical Almanac – Rooting for the Microbes (Load) 2004

Posted in Music, Nautical Almanac, noise with tags , , , on July 28, 2009 by noisenoisenoise

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You see, this is what happens when the electronic kinetic bastardry of John Wiese mates with the free-folk weirdness of early Animal Collective. This mob have been around for a gazillion years and features the noise pedigree of sometime Wolf Eye,, Twig Harper. This sometimes has a Wolf Eyes type flourish but for the most part had me thinking of Jazkammer, Spunk and the other Scandinavian noise artists rather than their American kin. Worth a listen.

Hair Police – Certainty of Swarms (No Fun Productions) 2008

Posted in Hair Police, Music, noise with tags , , , on December 20, 2008 by noisenoisenoise

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In my recent explorations of noise I seem to have swerved away from the visceral, horror-metal bands such as Wolf Eyes and Cherry Point. I’ve found that sub-genre of noise to be a bit stale and I’m got way more excited over artists like Daniel Menche and Burning Star Core. Now Menche has supposed to have dabbled in this blacker than thou stuff as well but I haven’t managed to delve that far back yet. Based on  everything I had read and everything I had heard (which granted was limited to youtube videos) about the band, I didn’t feel a huge urge to dabble. What broke the drought was one of the best pieces of music criticism I have read in some time. David Keenan in the Wire was given an entire page to wax lyrical on the death of rock and the importance of bands like Hair Police.

There have been a lot of bands out there who have danced on the line between noise and rock. Shit and Shine, Mouthus, Double Leopards etc. You can add Hair Police to the list but perhaps it’s fair to say they are  slanted towards black metal than  rock itself. For what it is worth I think  Keenan is dead right because sometimes we all need a record like Certainty of Swarms just to kick us put of a complacent musical rut. Hair Police have produced a truely nasty record. What sets them apart is that the music (a term I use loosely   as they produce is not as oppressively relentless as some of their fellow scenesters. All of the light has not been sucked out of the sound. The music is allowed to breath  and take shape. It is an extraordinarily good record an if you’ve dabbled in a bit of this sort of stuff it is a real treat. Definitely one for my best of list for 2008.

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