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Intelligence
Boredom & Terror
Omnibus Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Man, you know, with records like this it is really hard to know what to think. I mean I've gotten CDRs from friends who prodded me with You've gotta check this out and This will blow your mind only to find out it was a recording of said friends fucking around in a basement on a cocaine and champagne bender. The thing is I liked a lot of those records, even though the people who recorded it were telling me I was borderline retarded. Dude, this is junk, they would say for hours on end while I tried to explain what it was that appealed to me. No matter how much I tried to point out the moments that I felt were brilliant they would always counter with the true obviousness and ripoffs behind them. The Intelligence is kind of like that. I drive down to the market in my ratty old Subaru just blaring the shit out of Boredom and Terror, praying to the himmel that the new Camera Obscura record will still sound right afterwards. Because, frankly, The Intelligence could ruin a pair of good speakers in a heartbeat if you let them.

To try and explain Boredom and Terror is to try and explain Beck to your parents the day after you found One Foot In the Grave in that shitty record store halfway down the alley behind your brother's dorm room when you were visiting him for a campus tour. You were from a small town and hadn't heard anything much more left of Sonic Youth or Soundgarden, but here was this album that was all fucked up in a lot of ways that you couldn't really quite understand but could totally relate to. You were totally not into dance music or disco or even punk rock for that matter, but your palms were sore from beating the steering wheel (or was that your meat?) and your legs were doing these uncoordinated movements in time with the rhythm. The Intelligence, which is the solo moniker of A-Frames drummer Lars Finberg, is like that. It is loud, it is dirty, it is completely washed out and from the outside it is pretty stupid. But once you get inside it, it is a culture. It is you, or how you imagine yourself, at 3am when the club closes and you have to work in four hours but you're with that new person you just met and going to Denny's is just too disgusting to bear. So you head home with dirty programmed beats bouncing in your head, cheap Casio melodies and out of tune guitars ringing in your ears, you crack open a tall can of Hi-Life and you talk about making the world a better place or, better yet, just getting wasted. Everything is there - piano, organ, drums, bass, guitars cranked to 11 - and it is all drenched in fuzz, the kind of fuzz that hangs around when the party is just getting started or just getting busted by the cops. Fans of Le Shok or early Red Hot Chili Peppers or the previously mentioned Beck or the newly hyped Liars will know where I'm coming from on this one. I played this disc at a party and almost everyone there threw a shit fit and demanded that I turn it off. But you know who dug it? That strange mod/punk/librarian chick that works at the natural foods store and feeds the fucking geese out by the cross country course. Yeah, that girl, the one you'd never date but would love to have sex with.

"You have exactly three months to get laid in L.A. /Go!" is my favorite lyrical moment from the lucky 13 track Boredom and Terror and I fully expect to hear a song like "Boyfriends and Girlfriends" or "The New Kings and Queens of Musical History" rattling around in the background of a car or beer commercial soon. You'll say you hate this disc now, but once it starts wrecking college radio stations during finals week you'll be singing a different tune. Trust me, it's like that.

Reviewed by Lukas Shipman


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