Review of Big Block 454's CD "That's a Nice Hat" on the Chain DLK
Playing this CD alone some time ago, I got taken back to when
my dad introduced me to Frank Zappa's music........... That same
odd, weird, rather Dadaist vibe minus some of the crude humor
(more along the lines of witty British humor). This group's music
through 4 songs with titles as head scratching as "Canned Food In
Combat" is like the musical equivalent of Monty Python's "And
Now For Something Completely Different"; switching off in
strange, nonsensical segues that still captivate us in its beautiful
cascade into the absurd.
Playing it for a table full of friends, one a Britpopper, one a
veteran in the goth-industrial scene, another a newcomer to that
scene,and me, all over some Portuguese dinner, the looks varied
slightly but the tone was the same. Fits of laughter burst out and
each one of them shrugged and went "what the fuck is this?!?!
This is hilarious!" with that universal look of befuddlement.
I love this band's offbeat humor and knowledge of post Dadaist
philosophy towards art that even Andre Breton himself would
take notes on. It also keeps you wondering what sharp cul-de-sac
this group's sound will drive you into, like a lo-fi (complete with
that retro-70's sound production) paper shredder chasing you
around the house searching for your cookies.
No deep dogma or preaching here, folks, just good old fashioned
music to get the masses to scratch their heads in unison. Just like
its current brainchild, power metal, krautrock is the surrealist
answer to technical music. And this is the genre's Dream Theater.
Big Block 454, Manchester, England
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