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Sometimes You Scare Me
Diver City Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
For the longest time, Lost At Sea didn't review records because we just weren't that interested in it but, over time, the mailman began bringing first one, then five or six CDs per day. Eventually the occasional slab of wax began tumbling awkwardly from the mail slot and I distinctly remember Durian's "Goodwill" single was the first 7" we received for review. I got word of it while I was overseas, where I was living with no turntable and no vinyl, and directed the single be sent to Kiki for review. For one reason or another, most certainly a bad reason at that, the single was never reviewed. I never even heard it. Luckily for me and quite possibly luckily for you both songs from that single appear on Durian's debut full length. And, boy-o-boy, are they ever worth hearing. Erupting from a schizoid rock locus compounded of every sonic molecule bouncing out of every amplifier within a thirty mile radius of our nation's capital, Durian are Washington DC. Fair or unfair, that label is accurate as nothing else. There was a reason behind the manufacture (and our subsequent purchase) of every Dischord, Slowdime and deSoto record of the past fifteen years and they are all here. The melodicism of Fugazi, the blazing shrill of Corm, the pointed jeans and tee-shirt chugga-chugga of Bluetip and, most of all, the pop-art sketchiness of the Dismemberment Plan. Sometimes You Scare Me is the aural report on any one of your favorite Celebrity Death Matches, calling to mind scenes like Dianogah vs Jawbox or American Heritage vs the Wicked Farleys.

From start to finish this record is what Wesley Willis might call a "fit throwing hell ride" over one cliff after another without a parachute. There simply are no lulls on this album, even the dragging power-down stutters of "Goodwill" wrought with tension and almost immediately forgotten as the quartet quickly downshifts and brings the pace back to breakneck speed. There is continuous direction through amazing mine fields like "Range Rover" and "Bend and Grab" without anything save for the bass ever taking more than two steps on the same soniferous plain. The drums pompom around like a hockey puck across asphalt, the guitars constantly flail spasmodically around a seemingly random figure-8 orbit, circling each other one moment and tracking off like punch drunk kangaroos on roller coasters the next. Bouncing above it all like a 25 cent rubber ball is Matt Hermann's schizoaffective vocals, musing completely tactless but conterminously pithy lyrics. Quoting "Supposing all things maximize/with lower tiers simply excised/I plotted out both X and Y" to your new beau is about as likely as a fart to produce results, but Hermann's off kilter delivery makes the words seem wholly profound.

If you've sold off your DC rock soul in a fit of Louisville trend-rock rage (and I know you have) or if you are just looking for an unhinged mix of art pop and minor chord cumin I prescribe a bottle of Jolt and an hour of Durian.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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