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Rockets Red Glare
Rockets Red Glare
Sickroom Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Right out of the gate, Rockets Red Glare sets out to catch your attention, and the album shows no mercy. With crashing, danceable instrumental textures reminiscent of the Dismemberment Plan, you half expect to hear Travis Morrison making a reference to shaking his ass or setting off bombs -- this self-titled spectacle is a soundtrack to both.

Angular, unruly guitars buzz and pluck with great intensity. Rockets Red Glare's amazing live show is captured fully as drums mute out the swelling chaos with their own brutal attack. Vocals sneak up on their unsuspecting target, shouting and plaintive like one might imagine Geoff Farina sounding when creatively frustrated, breaking under the pressure of his surroundings. Rockets Red Glare shows the ferocity and violence of great passion, like a master destroying his own work in a fit of rage.

Unlike many of their meandering math rock counterparts, the songs on Rockets Red Glare are necessarily long. Deliberate and frenzied, they create a work of elaborate noise, and the end result is something sharp, engaging, and utterly distracting. Fans of Shellac, Four Hundred Years, and Matlock Records will have something new to keep them wired; and those folks (you know who you are) who refuse to wear earplugs at deafening rock shows will have another outlet for their self-destruction.

In the more orderly moments of Rockets Red Glare, like "Backwards Masking," the band shows their control over the calamity, insofar as a distinct and enjoyable melody can be picked out among the rubble. And when they abandon all straightforward notions, like in the closing "Embouchure", their dissonance seeks to punish the listener while drawing them ever closer to the detail encased within. One of the best things to come out of Canada this year, this debut captures the fury before a complete mental meltdown, and proves that Rockets Red Glare walks the true artistic line between insanity and profound originality.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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