"Chew and Swallow" CD
Genre: experimental, electronic
Pussyfinger certainly don't pussyfoot around. One look at the
gaping mouth on the cover of Chew and Swallow
should amply shock and scare the shit out of you. This is
unapologetic experimental electronic music, a fifteen-fingered assault
on your stupid musical prejudices and your big fat face. In the sonic
carnage lies spasmodic, abrasive noise swapped with ambient
soundscapes swapped with occasional moments of rhythm (parts of "Kurenai,"
"Mala Gente"). At one point you'll be stewing in pure awe at the
beautiful drone of "Trane (Half Track Edit)", at another you'll be
getting your ears drilled out by the blistering, all-over-the-map
noise of "Buzzards of May." The churchlike choral voices of "Black
Chorale," meanwhile, are interspersed and dismantled by abrasive noise
and grindcore-esque vocals. Such is Pussyfinger's style; they
serve you something tuneful, then they dish you something absolutely
obliterating to erase any memory of accessibility from your head. The
result is a varied, evolving experimental record that doesn't get old
- pretty surprising for a genre often tied to tedium. Oh yeah, and
don't be a pussy - play this shit loud.
Fun Fact: "Leviathalidomide,"
the album's eighth track, is the left-handed enantiomer of thalidomide
responsible for the infamous birth defects it produced when used as a
pain-killer in pregnant women. N.B. You might need a working knowledge
of high school chemistry to understand what I just said.
[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by
the label, released 2004]