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Sickroom Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Post-rock, like avant-garde or improvisational jazz, sounds better in a live environment, where the complexities of the style seem more like accidental inspiration than calculated wankery. Guitar and drums combo Hella represents the wanky end of this live split, and trade off incredibly fast drum barrages with arch guitar lines that travel all over the map. While Hella is frequently interesting, it often sounds like a very talented drummer doing an elaborate drum solo while a very talented guitar player monkeys around on his guitar, with a wall between the two that allows them to hear some but not all of what the other is doing. Needless to say some people are crazy about the sound this produces, others are not.

Dilute is a different animal. Where Hella is sparse, even desolate in its two-instrument, no-vocals approach, Dilute is more organic, letting everything bleed through the recording. Dilute's wankery sounds, well, less like wankery. Dilute begins with "Apple", shuffling along at 10 miles per hour as the different parts of the instruments groan and strain against each other like the parts of an old car. "Alphabet" blurs the guitar sounds into a mess of burbling, agreeable sounds, while "Sold" wends it way from a subdued beginning to a frenzied close almost 20 minutes later.

Of course it is a live disc, with each band recorded in front of what sounds like a few dozen people, allowing for scattered applause during a slow section when the audience thinks the song is over and a fan's cry of "OH MY GOD!" after an involved Dilute jam. For those who love the blistering post-rock these bands produce live, it's an appropriate reaction.

Reviewed by Erick Bieritz
Erick Bieritz lives in Chicago, where is usually either very hot or very cold. He was the brainchild behind EPMD, where he wrote about EPs and singles for LAS, looking for overlooked or underappreciated non-album releases.

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