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Anthropophagous Rex

"I Like Fun / I Am Density Particled" CD

Breaking World Records

Genres: noise, diy pop, lo-fi

Breaking World
30 West St.
Hadley, MA 01035

Dec 22 - 28 2003

Anthro Rex would like to think of I Like Fun / I Am Density Particled as a party album.  I can see that.  This noisy brew of abrasion-rock and messcore pop would especially work at a holiday office party or something of the sort, to play up that whole "SHUT THAT SHIT OFF" factor.  I can really imagine "Just Fix," a screeching, noisy, reverb-and-vox explosion of sound, cutting off halfway through due to a plug-pulling upper management type.

This is undoubtedly the scenario Anthropophagous Rex envisioned while creating this album late one night, with nothing more than a shitty tape machine, a guitar, and a basin of human waste at their disposal.  "Glib Villain Song" is an instant classic, despite its primitive melodic simplicity and errors.  "Rocket Show," meanwhile, is a noisy piece of shitpop that is reminiscent of early Hanson material.  Other notable moments are "A POEM ABOUT A HAUNTED HOUSE AND DODGEBALL" (though they should have supplied a lyrics sheet), 'rocker' "Death to the Bees," and two fiercely lo-fi renditions of Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl" and Animotion's "Obsession."

On one hand this album is cheap.  On the other hand, you have to be part of a select group of DIY experimental mess-pop freaks to appreciate it.  Think about it.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 22 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]