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Evil versus Evil: The Kids in the Neighborhood Grab Their Bats & Remix Abrasive Stuttering
Some Odd Pilot Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
With all the positive feedback Salvo Beta (aka Chicago's Sean Wolfe) found himself swimming in with the release of Abrasive Stuttering, it's clear why so many bands of note would want to remix the record. So, for Evil versus Evil, Sean had sixteen diverse music outfits remix his debut, from Japan's noise-rockers Melt-Banana to Boston IDM-er Jake Mendell.

Just about every contribution on Evil versus Evil is solid, but I'd say the best are the ones that juxtapose IDM with another, different type of music, like in the case of Melt-Banana's "Alpha Boost." Clocking in at 2 minutes and 57 seconds, "Alpha Boost" is surely one of the longer songs in Melt-Banana's repertoire, despite the fact it happens to be the shortest on Evil versus Evil. Adding lots of distortion, voice samples, and, of course, Agata Ichiro's hysterical guitarwork to Salvo Beta's already frenzied sound, Melt-Banana succeeds in taking Salvo Beta and making it all their own. Along comparatively similar lines, The Timeout Drawer (who are founders of Someoddpilot Records, which happens to be the label that released Evil versus Evil), contributed the record's seventh track, "The Domestic Lives of Computers," a live-space-rock rendition and another standout.

Hrvatski's "Heavy Mallow (Hrvatski's Slow Death in the Reverb Factory)" lives up to high expectations (Hrvatski and Salvo Beta had come up with the idea for Evil versus Evil together after a show) as he takes Salvo Beta and converts it into sort of crazy experimental jungle, a track that still can't compare to Pele's "Banana Pudding." With this, Pele shows how wonderful an acoustic guitar can sound when paired with experimental electronic music, completely stripping down Abrasive Stuttering to the point it sounds a bit like a minute of a Collections of Colonies of Bees song stretched out to fill a full five minutes.

There's something on Evil versus Evil for everyone, really, but it's hard to appreciate if you can't handle its hour and twelve minute duration, something I'm not sure I can do myself.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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