"Ripple Rock" CD
Records / Nardwuar
the Human Serviette Records
Genres: indie rock, rock
PO Box 3613
May 10 - 16 2004
The Evaporators are wild, they're funny, and they love to
rock. Led by Canadian crazyman Nardwuar the Human Serviette,
they've put together Ripple Rock, a jam-packed collection of
songs and interviews. The topics are diversely twisted
("Addicted to Cheese," "I Feel Like a Fat Frustrated
Fuck,") but the band's sense of pop infectiousness and rock energy
are what propel this disc forward.
While "I.D.N.M.F.T.T.M.W.F.A.," The Evaporators'
signature tune [or something like that], is definitely the best track on here, there's also a number of other
songs that will get rock
fans salivating on their bibs. "Salad Bar," for
example, is pure gold - its infectious chorus should get just about
anyone singing along. "Addicted to Cheese" is another
inspired romp - its upbeat, spectacular melody should be bottled and
The only qualms one might have with Ripple Rock will relate
to its adrenaline level. This entire disc is energetic, romping
rock - a good thing at first, but something that can become exhausting
over the duration of this entire disc. Even the short interludes
of Nardwuar's joke interviews (with Rahzel and Snoop
Doggy Dogg) can't release the enormous tension (or intension?)
this album provokes. As such, it will require some pretty
rock-comfortable ears to take this whole record in.
Ripple Rock is a funny, explosive album. Evaporators
fans will doubtlessly be pleased. As for those unacquainted with
Nadwuar's sound, I'll put it this way: if you like to rock, you'll definitely dig
Fun Fact: This disc comes with some
neat computer content, including Nardwuar's interviews with Jello
Biafra, Mikhail Gorbachev, Dan Quayle, Jean
Chretien, and a shocker with preacher/healer Ernest Angley.
Also included are desktop wallpapers and three music videos.
[Vitals: 23 tracks + videos, distributed by the
label, released 2004]