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My Way My Love
Hypnotic Suggestion: 01
File-13 Records

Rating: 5/10 ?

February 1, 2005
I think it's safe to say that indie and punk rock bands here in America have had quite an impression on shaping sounds and impacting musicians around the world, and I can't think of too many places on earth that have taken these influences as thoroughly as the Asian culture.

Seeping into my budding days of music fandom, if you will, I remember a slew of imported group of bands that made decent punk rock records, and I was intrigued by their sheer love of the music - whether it was categorized by a certain musical denomination or a rebellion against what pop culture and mass produced music everywhere stood for. Bands like Teengenerate, The Blue Hearts and Husking Bee stand as some of the first music I'd found outside the realm of safe, domestic, homegrown rock.

All the way from Tokyo, My Way My Love have are finishing up their first American tour, schlepping their way through tiny rock clubs through middle America, and hopefully finding an audience with their new record, Hypnotic Suggestion: 01. The band connects an abrasive mix of Sonic Youth style guitar structures with hints of biting noise, drawing close references to their more art-oriented colleagues, Merzbow, Melt Banana and The Boredoms.

Although musically, My Way My Love are more structured than their noisy counterparts, the byproduct is less cohesive than standard fare, with little to get excited about. On Hypnotic Suggestion: 01, the listener is taken on a psychedelic jaunt through massive amounts of feedback, cartoonish voices, sonic blurbs of noise and mostly disjointed, overly drenched, distorted vocals.

The disc starts its superficial destruction with "A Girlfriend," opening in the expected fashion: noise, soaking in a high-pitched whale of feedback. As the din ends, it picks right back up with "Super Fresh", this time treating us to a more congenital union of drums, guitar and shouted vocals - but by the time the listener can even comprehend the intended meaning, the song snaps closed with only a minute of intelligible interludes.

My Way My Love is rarely able to transcend their noise, or make interesting deliveries, but an instance arrives in the form of "Captain". Although there is not much more than the sound of a looping siren in the foreground, adding throbbing bass guitar, pounding drums and a few scattered guitar notes, the song is still able to project enough creativity to amplify in a manner that affects the sense of ingenuity and the appreciation of displaced sounds.

My Way My Love is not for the faint of heart. With the exception of the second to the last track, "X- guitars", which recollects early Butthole Surfers, there isn't a whole lot to be concerned with. Hypnotic Suggestion: 01 is a drawer full of overripe interruptions - an abrupt occurrence of psychotic episodes relentlessly covering as art but the album actually feels more like an interference of mix-matched experiments more than a practical form of musical expression.

Reviewed by Mark Taylor
A senior LAS staff writer, Mark Taylor is a 29 year old father of a 5 year old son and husband to a wife of 6 years, living the simple life in a small suburb of Charlotte, NC.

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