steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

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Luv Rokambo

"Do The Glimpse" CDR

Public Eyesore

Genres: free rock, experimental rock, noise

Bryan Day / PE
3803 S 25th St.
Omaha, NE 68107

Dec 2 - 8 2002

The Beatles made pop music. The Animals made pop music. The Byrds made pop music. Luv Rokambo does not make pop music. Luv Rokambo instead makes Japanese free rock experimental crazy insane (insert string of synonyms for "maniacal") music. With freaky guitar anti-melodies, completely unconventional vocals, and assorted oddball "toys" in action, the band seems absolutely content to just pick up some guitars and have some fun. And it's brilliant.

Some songs are quiet and a bit pondering, like "Lament" and "Boys Couldn't Twist," while others ("Glimpse," "Drupe") are completely loud and abrasive, shooting forth with powerful aggression and energy. The tracks are very spasmodic and impulsive - in fact, it's next to impossible to figure out whether the band even know what they're doing half the time. But this energetic nonsense is what lends the recording a truly carefree touch. When the heavy ringing feedback comes in on "Drupe," you're left wondering, "is that supposed to be there?" But then you think, "if it's not, then why doesn't it work so well?" It's fascinating, at the very least.

Undoubtedly the best aspect of Do The Glimpse is the atmosphere. Suited best for the dark, this is the ultimate soundtrack for late-night death races down suburban streets lit by psychedelic streetlights. You can just imagine yourself rocketing down in a barrage of blurred lights and garden lawns while the crazed guitar-raping of "Drupe" plays on full blast in the background.

Like Caspar Brotzmann on crack, these maniacally noisy guitar freak-outs are sure to satisfy any guitar improv fan. If you're the type of person who values discordance over melody, then you'll probably enjoy this. If you run scared as soon as a song moves away from the standard chorus-verse formula, well, you may want to look elsewhere.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks; distributed by the label; released 2002]