If Beck was to be sucked into a vacuum
cleaner along with an assortment of squeaky toys and a few old
Butthole Surfers albums the resulting cacophony would sound like The
Dry Heeves performing their JC and the Dirty Dozen, oh… but
wait… the next track Still Life VI sounds nothing like that,
a big old distorted bass grooves along to a drum machine set on demo
mode, in a wind tunnel. But wait… hang on… Ballad of the Giant
Squid is um well… Monty Python, Flying Lizards um.. Coil-ish..
no not really.. er…
"Stop that… its silly!"
Then on "Still Life VII" after a spooky start, swishy swosh
noises and spiky hi hats get thrown over a fractured bass pulse…
Oh god!!! on Voicemail Blues a cowbell and eighties synth…
are accompanied by a very strange voicemail message as a hysterical
witness recounts a fight between a bible salesman and a…hang on…?
This is a joke right?
I'm not supposed to take this seriously am I?
No, probably not… I'll relax a bit and see how it goes.
Now I get it, it's great! Every track a new idea, roll up, roll up,
every track a winner! Not any big prizes, you understand, no awards
or trophies, but maybe a bottle of Cider in the Tombola, or a Purple
Teddy bear at Bingo. Their humorous tracks are NOT that funny, the
weird tracks are just weird, not experimental, but I don't really
care! It's like a compilation album, if I don't really like
something; it doesn't matter, because it's over pretty soon. Of
course it's all rather cheesy, but there are lots of cool sounds and
crazy rhythms which get ruined by bad samples of people putting on
silly Goons voices, burping, and giggling at their own jokes, oh
they think they are SO clever!
The Dry Heeves are out for a laugh and that's fine, some of it is
actually pretty good, the production is cool, very 90's hip slacker,
but they're interested in 2 separate things here, this groovy joke
electro and some more serious electronica weirdness.
Hilde (my lovely girlfriend) just came in and said it was VERY
scary! When I asked why she said that "Joke Music" is always scary,
like there's something outside in the dark laughing at other peoples
music. And sure enough a looped metal guitar is joined by some wind
sound effects from a slasher movie, and a grating psychotic voice
There's some great Morricone guitar, some cool riffs, some quirky
samples, and just when you are happy with it, its cut dead and
someone tells you that… "If you like what your hearing then you
should fuck off!" Well thank you very much! I nearly deleted the "
There's some great Morricone guitar" line above for that!
(Yes I'm speed reviewing here!)
But I forgive them almost immediately because of the Gong-like laid
back groove that follows… I'm typing faster than they can play now…
the ideas start to repeat and I wait for the next track..
And here it comes!!
AS I SUSPECTED…
Sussed you guys out!!
Ha ha ha ha!!
You are a just a couple of old Residents fans aren't you?
There it is, hidden right in the middle of the album (Oh I didn't
say it's an album did I? Well it is.. called "…and I'll call
Rusty" actually) Where was I?
Ah yes… the clue… The Residents Fans with their harmonised vocals…
they LOVE this bit.. sounds just like their heroes!! Did no one tell
you that the great Eyeball Masters of the Weirdyverse have that
voice sound patented?
You just can't do that!!!
Just Like chorus pedals are The Cure or 16th note delay chopping is
The Edge… We've all done it of course…in fact all this sounds
spookily similar to the big box of cassettes I have in the corner
from my first ever band in the early 80's when I was 12 or 13…. but
Anyway… it's all still wonderful stuff, its great to hear guys
having so much fun, and not caring if the girls like them or not!
The Dry Heeves are clowns, and we all know how scary clowns are.
VERY SCARY INDEED!