"Beyond The Fuckless" CDR
Eyesore / Central Scum
Genres: garage punk, Japanoise, Japanese garage
Bryan Day / PE
3803 S 25th St.
Omaha, NE 68107
Oct 28 - Nov 3 2002
from Japan comes the Ultra Fuckers, an Osaka garage punk band
that will just rip you apart. Beyond The Fuckless, their latest
album, is the perfect example of what they're capable of.
Though the recording quality is, quite possibly, the most terrible
I've ever heard, that doesn't seem to detract from the music at all.
Take "Holly Bible" (that isn't a spelling error), for
instance. Just under two minutes, the track poses death metal-esque
vocal growls, highly distorted guitars, and destructive drumming under
a veil of that stuffy "tape sound" that plagues bootleg
recordings. Despite the screwy recording, though, the message still
gets out, and any Japanoise garage fan will completely love it,
intoxicated or not. Also fantastic is "Punk Mescaline,"
which sounds as if it was recorded underwater, but still manages to
take you on an ultra fucking thrill ride. The track's DIY ethic is
what really stands out, and the sheer destructiveness of it all is
what keeps you banging your head.
This thrashy garage sound describes most of the album's thirteen
tracks, although there are times when the band decides to go for a
more droney style. The two "Long Number" tracks are perfect
examples of this. While perhaps they don't fit under the traditional
definition of "drone music," they still manage to carry a
surreal, airy sound to them - mostly due to the heavy reverb they have
going on. This works surprisingly well, and gives the tracks a spacey,
psychedelic feeling. It's kind of like a throwback to some of the more
experimental, noisy psychedelic acts that were going on in the sixties
- especially those in Japan. Also equally psychedelic is "German
Rock Radio II," an intergalactic psych trip that will get your
soul floating above your head.
All in all, this is a must for all fans of punked-up garage rock,
especially of the Japanese persuasion. Be warned, though, this ain't
no Nuggets - this is the bloody Ultra Fuckers!
25 min 59 sec; 13 tracks; distributed by the