Modern Day Urban Barbarians
Genre: noise rock, sludge,
Dec 2, 2008
Amelodic sludgy noise rockers MDUB favour energy over
convention, and as a result, Sludgemouth will not be hitting
the Top 40 anytime soon. But can they really be faulted for not
catering to your fourteen year-old niece? These two guys are pissed,
and if that doesn't come through in the discordant guitars and
aggressive percussion, it sure does in the lyrics. The words to these
songs read like the blog entries on an Adbusters-obsessed fifteen year
old's Myspace account. Sludgemouth opens with the delightful
pseudo-couplet of "The subway lines to the city are the assembly lines
to the factory/They're all built on human beings, this is a human
factory." Sadly, that's about as deep as this unidimensionally
political, anti-materialist record gets - don't expect more from
titles like "Keep em' Distracted," "Enjoy the Ride," and "Work/Sleep."
As far as the music goes, these tracks sound pretty identical - semi
punk rock vocals over sludgy grumbly guitars and violent percussion.
It's far more "no-wave" and experimental than your average high school
affair, but the maturity level is noticeably sub-adult. Combing
through the liner notes, I couldn't help but notice a blurry photo of
both band members displayed quite prominently. They've got what looks
like shit in their mouths, as well as on their t-shirts and faces.
Gripped by disgust and amusement, I really wanted to like this record.
Sadly, I did not.
[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by