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Dying to Meet You
Gold Standard Labs

Rating: 7/10 ?

November 13, 2003
Recruiting the spirits of anti-commercialist Nirvana and emploring brutal shock-and-awe tactics, art/punk duo Apollo Liftoff (aka Paul Erickson) and Deft Garlands (aka Jeff Mooridian) deliver their first full length for GSL under the name of Vaz. Dying To Meet You is a swooping, swashbuckling bucket of din that clanks armor with the ghosts of noise glory.

Like many of their contemporaries, the duo of Vaz (who were also members of mid-90'pre-post-hardcore noise rockers Hammerhead) aren't afraid to poke their finger in someone's eye for comedic affect, but where lesser brutes would resort to awkward keyboards or trendy glitch machines to contort their sound Erickson and Mooridian break tempo, alter tuning and generally shroud, distort, shear and tenderize their pop sons into a cacophonous freak parade, in one ear and out your mother. Abrasive, droning waves of sound are splintered by shrill guitar squelch and rocked by the relentless squall of drums that would make Sonic Youth and, in turn, Big Black explode with theatrical appreciation. Fans of heavy but spastic power-noise such as the Butthole Surfers, Frodus, Dinosaur Junior, VSS or the Smashing Pumpkins would relate well to Dying To Meet You. The frenetic drumming of Mooridian conjures up images of the skittering percussion which litters Hella's trademark material in the fourth track, "White World of Death", but the sludgy, Amphetamine-Reptile sound of

While incredibly focused and oddly charming, Dying To Meet You pipes in enough melody when it counts to keep anyone from cornering Vaz as distortion bullies. There are blown-out noise blips such as the minute-long "White Wall" but the disc is dominated by the overwhelming vibe of alternative rock's heydays in the late 1980s and early 1990s, blending into a sea of credible, entertaining post-Cobain acts such as Royal Trux, Unwound and the Cows. It tries hard but Dying To Meet You is unlikely to be your next Nevermind but it could certainly supplant Dirty in your top five.

Reviewed by Lukas Shipman

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