Travis-like FF Bada and Futura were big juddering slabs of danceable noise that bordered on the oppressive, while Summer Simmer came over like a 70s cop show theme by way of free jazz and nu wave skronk
. They were at their best though when they let their ear for a big pop hook ride over the top of the abrasive sounds on gems like Ice Cream and the astonishing Atlas.
What keep all of these pieces from dissolving into purely assaultive skronk
are the good humor and wit that always characterize Frith's playing and composing; there is a cheerfulness to even his most abrasive work that makes it far more listenable than that of many of his other, more ill-tempered colleagues of the period.
For anyone bemoaning the dearth of spazzy skronk
following the mainstreaming of NYC heroes The Rapture and Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Wiccan tributaries of Liars, here is your skronkleberry.
Their music has been described as both "skronk
" and "post-jazz" - look for a wide range both of European influences and of sonic possibilities and unconventional techniques.
First album, Open Heart Zoo, flitted effortlessly from Coldplay-esque melodies through Nine Inch Nails skronk
rock to classical with the title song soundtracking that Lexis advert.
First up was the ramshackle skronk
of Garden Of Elks.
Contended Contender had a real discordant No Wave skronk
to it, while This Morning We Are Astronauts worked the quiet/loud dynamic for all its worth.
The music is all freely improvised, and as such will not appeal to all listeners; noted rock critic Robert Christgau coined the term "skronk
" to describe music such as this.
Endless Yesterday proves that they are capable of changing gear, displaying their ability to write chiming melodies and catchy pop songs, while Hard-On For War is politicised fuzz and skronk
. There's plenty of pyrotechnics for the old faithful, and although it won't win them many new fans it's heart-warming to hear a band single-minded enough to avoid jumping on bandwagons.
There's a lot of modern skronk
and scree to add the post-modern irony, but it's an affectionate piece of work.
No I want to celebrate the simple joys of white noise, skronk
, sub-bass and amplification.