Saturday, 28 June 2014

Reverse Baptism - Street Business

'Street Business'
Reverse Baptism

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Power Electronics
For Fans Of: Whitehouse, Deathpile, Jason Crumer, Sutcliffe Jugend

So I was expecting something pretty special when I heard that Jason Crumer had a power electronics project with two female vocalists, but boy was I floored when I actually got around to giving this a listen.
The focal point on Street Business is definitely the vocals. Hands down. Vocalists 'Cheetah' and 'Henny' deliver the most hate filled musings on teenage life, deviancy and sex you'll ever find outside of Heathers, through spoken word passages, pained screams and sassy commands (think William Bennett crossed with Kathleen Hanna). The reversal of the usual gender roles and subject matter, as well as the women delivering it is another cool addition to this album.
Noise wise, you can expect a much more obscene, ramped up version of Jason Crumer's solo work, with massive static walls, shrill electronic wails and an assortment of other harsh assaults on the senses. There's a very rudimentary sense of rhythm throughout the songs, usually interspersed  with cut up, hyper distorted samples, effects and screeching feedback. Combined with the dual vocalists, it's a force to be reckoned with.
While most power electronics albums these days tend to focus on monolithic walls of noise and steady vocals, Reverse Baptism inject dynamics into both aspects of their sound, to great effect. Each track is distinct, and memorable and at times it comes off as an incredibly damaged punk album. Definitely worth listening to.

1. MNN
2. Vacations
3. Modern Art #4
4. Power Of The Right Advisor
5. Snot Rag
6. Big Bitch Cathy
8. Sally Are You Good Enough For Me
9. Street Business


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