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Rating: 4/10 ?


August 29, 2005
Though they put out an LP on GSL and a split 7" with the VSS, and frontman Aaron Warren went on to join Black Dice and drummer Gream Gaona later played with The Peppermints, T-Tauri haven't even garnered as much as a footnote in the annals of hardcore history. The trio formed in Colorado in 1993, moved to LA two years later and called it a day when their drug use began to get out of hand in 1999, releasing a smattering of singles and an LP along the way and playing one sparsely attended show after another.

Infinite Motion was recorded just before T-Tauri broke down, but it hasn't seen proper release until now. Like many of their west coast art punk contemporaries (Angel Hair, Antioch Arrow, VSS), T-Tauri lost interest in playing conventional punk, hardcore or screamo very early on and began to explore sludge metal, grunge and skeezy robot rock. Though Infinite Motion immediately registers as a work of punk rock provenance, genre descriptors don't do it as much service as adjectives like dark, cathartic, menacing and depraved. It's really nothing more or less than one sinister rock 'n' roll adventure, its eight minute prog epics grounded by base screaming and vile thrashing.

"Obliscence" captures T-Tauri at their most developed. Wavering Guy Picciotto style yelps, bone-snapping bass and a pursuant drum pattern carry the song through an endless cycle of tension and release; it's 80s bedroom goth with hardcore muscle, or a teenage poetry journal with an anatomy book's lucidity. Overblown? Certainly - but with enough sleaze and stamina to pull it off. If you wanted to make a compilation of rare 90s hardcore recordings, "Obliscence" would make a great centerpiece.

The rest of Infinite Motion is neither as focused nor as convincingly rocking. The song length herein is the biggest problem; it's not that 8 minute punk rock songs are impossible to execute well, T-Tauri just don't have the discipline to execute them properly. The band's biggest strength is in the moment: they communicate everything in one visceral scream or a single throbbing riff. As songwriters, however, they falter, failing to come up with memorable passages and instead resorting to mad dashes through multiple time signatures, melodies and riffs in each song.

Condensed into 30 second bursts, T-Tauri's music could deliver more pissed off rock wallop than many of their peers were able to, but in 8 minute chunks, it's exasperating and even torturous. It sounds like Warren and the gang were having a great group therapy session, unleashing every painful note that rang in their heads and safety pinning them together into ramshackle songs, but it's unlikely that many listeners will find any of Infinite Motion's schizophrenic caterwauling compelling.

Reviewed by Phillip Buchan
A one-time music director at WUOG in Athens, Phillip is into college radio, literature, writing, buying records, going to shows, talking to friends, learning -- pretty much the same stuff that all of us priveledged, (pseudo?)intellectual Americans are into.

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