Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bakamono - The Cry Of The Turkish Fig Peddler

Label: Priority
Year: 1995

Prior to this, bizarrely, major label debut album, Bakamono was a noise rock band known for one split 7" with another little noise rock band called Oiler that Theologian Records released. How that side of a 7" parlayed into a major label contract, with Priority Records no less (home of NWA, Eazy E, Ice Cube, Scarface, Dr Dre, Geto Boys, EPMD, Mack 10, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, and Gary Glitter [wait, what?] among others), is anybodies guess. Blame it on Nirvana I suppose. Can you even imagine what an insane package tour they could have jumped on?!
Label aside, what you get is a general post-hardcore rock band (not entirely unlike Pitchfork, say) who likes to fuck around with weirdness (not entirely unlike Steel Pole Bath Tub, say) and occasionally dig in for some real nastiness (not entirely unlike Slug, say). It works out in your favor 8 times out of 10.



Anonymous said...

holy shit i remember this album from waaaaaay back in the day. great stuff. if i remember correctly i think they had another one after this. not sure though.

twinz2z said...

The first few tracks remind Very much of Candymachine. Good stuff.

Anonymous said...

oh man candy machine was such a great band. i booked them to play at my college and they were super nice guys too.

Anonymous said...

I was gifted this by a friend who perhaps first described math rock: "The bassist sounds like he is working out equations on the neck." Of course, this doesn't really fit the genre but you get the sentiment...great stuff as always!

Anonymous said...

They actually signed with Basura Musica which was distributed by Priority. Basura released albums by Foreskin 500, Milk Cult, Timco, Buccinator, Congo Norvell. Basura was founded by John Napier of Ethyl Meatplow. He and Maria ran the label out of their house. It was in no way a major label release.

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