Rainbow Blanket / Child Pornography / The Sharp
Ease / Rose For Bohdan
4-way Split 7"
Genres: experimental rock, punk rock, experimental
July 25 - 31 2005
LA Bands 2004 is a four-way split chronicling the current
experimental rock scene centred around the Deathbomb Arc label.
If you're familiar with the bands, you'll probably know what to expect
(if expectations are really possible in these cases) - if not, you're
in for a ride. These four outfits contribute insanely
experimental but strangely accessible masterpieces of noise and
pseudo-rock. Rainbow Blanket starts us off with an
abrasive, seriously messed batch of distorted lo-fi atmospheric
noise. Child Pornography follows with a lo-fi slab of
synthy, 80s influenced dance-punk. Rose For Bodhan play
jumpy, spasmodic punk rock stuff; it's short but sweet, with warped,
ironic lyrics about that much-loved subject of love. The
Sharp Ease, meanwhile, take on the record's most accessible number
- it's desperate, fem-fronted dancey, punky indie rock; very nice,
with a strong melody and a cool, rollicking sound. This 7"
is a brilliant exposť of the Deathbomb Arc scene, showcasing four
really solid bands that you should be ashamed you don't know
about. While a song apiece isn't enough to pigeonhole these guys
(heck, I've heard albums of stuff and I still have no idea what to
expect), it's still sufficient to have a damn fine time.
4 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2004]