|Like their previous Elektrohasch label outing, 2003's 'Metaustraut', Germany's UGH! continues their sonic exploration of the dark territory between hardcore, AmRep and Alternative Tentacles noise, and stoner riffrock with 'Meat Fairies'. This ongoing project of a band cannot be pinned down, although their sound is easily recognized.|
In addition to the above-referenced touchstones, UGH! fills their music with anxiety and a sly humor that may not be obvious at first listen, but which the listener eventually comes to realize is all-pervasive. Take the background vocals, for instance. Community members conversant with the so-called "wyrd folk" phenomena of the early 1970s, best exemplified by holy grails such as Comus' 'First Utterance', will be on solid ground here. Imagine if Comus, that acid-soaked forest dementoid, grew a mohawk and listened to Rapeman and Black Sabbath! That's the spice that makes UGH!'s angular noiserock a unique entity, negotiating the nervously shifting terrain of sludge, stoner, noise, and punk with black humor and teutonic purpose and precision.
This is not easy music, but it goes to show that if you give crazy people enough cream soda and mota, interesting results may follow. And don't forget to check out the artwork; it's surely one of the year's best covers. The front is reminiscent of those old time photos that sought to "prove" the existence of fairies, while the back is a head-shakingly gross take on those cutesy renderings of babies with butterfly wings found in suburban bookstores. It's an accurate summation of the music within.
2. Ostrich Skullery
5. Rag Doll
8. It's OK to Order Chrome
Duration : Approx. 46 minutes.
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