You know, once in a while I like my music to reach out of my Pioneer tower speakers and slap me around a bit. I want some music to violate my ears and pummel my soul. But it can’t just be loud and punishing for loud and punishing’s sake.
No way, Kojak.
There’s gotta be something behind the aural blitzkrieg. A lesson? Well, not a lesson. But definitely a purpose. I get this feeling everytime I put on King Crimson’s Red. There’s dissonance and ugliness. But there’s also a beauty in-between the lines. Just put on your headphones Nancy and crank it up to 11 when ‘Providence’ comes on. It’s like Dracula boogieing with Yo Yo Ma on acid. It’s a trip, let me just say that. Mars Volta has this gift, too. Abrasive, menacing, acid-tinged and also intellectual, deep and thought-provoking. You know, the good stuff.
So when I come across something as diverse as this I grab on and hold tight. If you were lucky enough to be at the Yellow Bird last Saturday night then you know a find such as the one I’ve described was there peeling the paint off the walls. Exterminate All Rational Thought is a four piece instrumental outfit out of the Fort(plus one Ohio transplant) that know how to rock socks off. They play a type of metal that seems to have gone by the wayside. A hybrid of progressive and speed metal, they write ‘parts’ not ‘songs’. They tell a story not with words but with music. They’re new e.p. Lining The Streets tells a story of sorts. Well, it’s more of a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ kind of story. One where they’ve created the soundtrack, and they leave the adventure up to you and your imagination. All that’s needed is a pair of headphones and a open mind.
Now, don’t get all weird on me Sally. This isn’t unicorns and rainbows. No, this is fist-pumping, nail-biting, pedal-to-the-metal rock ‘n roll. There’s shifts, turns, swerves and drops into the abyss. Lining The Streets starts out with ‘The Formula’ then goes into “Parts I, II and III’. It’s heady stuff, but you don’t have to be a scholar to get it. You just have to know good music, sunshine. Cody, Pete, Jamie and Lucas know how to make good music. All that’s left is for you to listen to their apocalyptic squall from the wastelands of your imagination.
Now go on over to http://www.earthought.com/ and see what these guys are up to next. And check out http://eart.bandcamp.com/ for your digital copy of their excellent e.p., Lining The Streets. Morrison might even have a copy of the vinyl version of this chunk of molten metal over at Neat Neat Neat Records still. Then again, he may not. What’s it gonna hurt to go check? If you’re too lazy to click on, EART are playing The Izaak Walton League in Huntertown on October 13th. Moser Woods and RP Wigs are gonna be joining them in scenic Huntertown as well.
Now you’re in the know. Get on out and check EART out live. And get a copy of this e.p., Pronto.