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Parts & Labor / Tyondai Braxton

"Rise, Rise, Rise" split CD

Narnack Records

Genres: math rock,  experimental rock

Narnack Records
381 Broadway
4th Floor #3
New York, NY

Jan 12 - 18 2004

Who doesn't lap this shit up?

Experimental math rock chaos, sometimes explosive and melodic in nature, and other times moody and cinematic, is what both Parts & Labor and Tyondai Braxton specialize in - the latter considerably more eclectic in nature - and though their styles are very dissimilar, there is enough conjunction between the two to lend Rise, Rise, Rise a solid, enjoyable flow.  Elements of drone rock, noise rock, and straight up indie rock are all present in the mix.  

Parts & Labor starts things off in full blast, attacking the listener's ears with seven fiery tracks.  You can hear Faraquet, Hella, and even The Blood Brothers in the mix.  "Days in Thirds" and "Jurassic Technology" are pure P&L... gritty guitar chords and frantic percussion mingle explosively, vocals nowhere in sight.  The latter's melody is played on bagpipes, an intriguing and surprisingly effective idea.  "The Endless Air Show," meanwhile, is vocal-led indie rock song that's melodically simple and yet still quite infectious.  This is endlessly entertaining stuff.  Parts & Labor know what they're doing, and you just gotta dig it.

Tyondai Braxton is immediately more avant-garde than his split-mate.  "Stand There," his first and most accessible track, is a bizarre, minor-key song with creepy vocals and a tense rhythm - think Deerhoof melody with Jawbox presentation.  The other two tracks, meanwhile, are slower, much more experimental numbers, filled with electronic experiments and eerie, minor-key "melodies" that wouldn't be out of place in anti-folk territory.  The final piece is an interesting slice of pseudo-classical musique.

Rise, Rise, Rise is a very interesting, very enjoyable, and interminably entertaining disc.  It isn't hard to see either (or both) of these acts becoming the next hip thing.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]