"Happy Birthday Asshole" 7"
Genre: lo-fi, outsider pop,
This is being reviewed so much later than it should have been, and for
that I apologize. But without more delay...
Wrapped in Happy Birthday gift wrapping and constructed in a
typically cut n' paste style, the Happy Birthday Asshole 7"
comes by way of lo-fi experimenter Miguel Mendez, one of
Deathbomb Arc's more interesting acts. The title-track ("ver. 1")
starts this single out in a lo-fi outsider pop vein (guitar, drum
machine, sung/said vocals) but there's some neat avant stuff going on
too (slowed down bits, weird guitar soloing). The other side's "The
World Wins (The Whirlwinds)" is more traditional - a guitar and vocals
acoustic tune that is pleasant yet not quite
MP3s (from deathbombarc.com):
Happy Birthday Asshole
Fun Fact: Miguel
Mendez's debut album, My Girlfriend is Melting, was called
"gorgeous and disquieting" by Entertainment Weekly of all
[Vitals: 2 tracks, distributed by
the label, released 2004]