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Floid Matrix
Stop the Technology Madness
Super Asbestos Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Floid Matrix is a trio who originally began their band-life in the now famous city of Fargo, North Dakota, but whose members are now spread over the cities of Minneapolis and St. Louis. These three lads play hard and moody post-punk somewhere in the same realm as bands like Shellac, June of 44 and The Jesus Lizard. They also love guitar pedals. They really, really love them. They approach their music with the same energy and ferocity as a 16-year-old who just recently discovered Sonic Youth and got his parents to buy him a guitar. Their sound isn't the most original and their playing could stand for some development, but they appear to be a band that might really improve over time. This album was actually released way back in 1998, and apparently the band has taken some time off over the past few years, but is now starting to regroup and play shows around the Midwest.

Bass player Pete Foss and guitarist Micah Dahl share vocal duties. One takes on the shout/scream duties while the other employs a deeper and quieter vocal sound. The shouts clearly win here, as some of the songs weakest moments come with the attempts at singing. "60 Voltz" lurches the album to a running start with rolling bass and distorted guitars plugging away underneath the scream/sing vocals. "Sitting in My Closet Drinking Whiskey Till I Pass Out" may give the impression of silly and self-serving teen angst, and perhaps this is justified, but the distorted bass patterns and walloping drumbeats make you accept it. "My Hahn" is a perfect example of their pedal infatuation as screeching and echoing guitars fly like pterodactyls way above the brontosaurus strummed bass and boom-bap triceratops percussion.

Floid Matrix has some good musical ideas but they employ them rather simply. Their use of noise and effects doesn't really mask that fact, but their hidden potential makes you forgive it. It will be interesting to see what these boys come up with over the next few years.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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