Cactuses Come in Flocks

Cactuses Come in Flocks

by Melt Banana
     
 
This album conjures up some frightening imagery with the music it contains. A song might start with a fire bell clanging away while the guitar, bass, and drums go in every direction, bringing to mind a grouping of people heading for the emergency exits in a burning building ("F., Pt 1"). Vocalist YaSuKo O. resembles a chipmunk in need of a heavy dose of Ritalin

Overview

This album conjures up some frightening imagery with the music it contains. A song might start with a fire bell clanging away while the guitar, bass, and drums go in every direction, bringing to mind a grouping of people heading for the emergency exits in a burning building ("F., Pt 1"). Vocalist YaSuKo O. resembles a chipmunk in need of a heavy dose of Ritalin ("Sonic Turtle"), or a chanting cheerleader after she's consumed a full can of coffee ("Up AND down, 1,2,3..."). On many of the tracks, her vocals jump to the ceiling like a frightened cat while the bass churns through deep puddles of untreated sewer water. Melt-Banana's songs are pointy, in a way, because of all the staccato rhythms they use. It's almost like being repeatedly poked in the ribs with a bony finger. Melody doesn't matter, but the percussive aspect of not only the drums, but all instruments, plays a key role. The approach of the bass, vocals, and guitar are very hard and pound on certain beats more than others. Typical song structure doesn't exist as well, with the average song clocking in at roughly 40 seconds. Choruses are missing, and most tracks only consist of a word or phrase that is repeated over and over, like a mantra. Melt-Banana has created a musical approximation of what it's like to file a piece of metal down to a nub using scribbled distortion patterns.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/28/1999
Label:
A-Zap Records
UPC:
0650035200229
catalogNumber:
2
Rank:
19558

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Tracks

  1. Just Grub and Run
  2. Talk Like Pop
  3. Shining Hatcher
  4. F., Pt. 1
  5. To the Core
  6. F., Pt. 2
  7. Shuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
  8. Bunny Wasted a Month Waiting
  9. Party Hat
  10. Shouting About Love
  11. Sonic Turtle
  12. Bored Elephant
  13. Up and Down, 1, 2, 3
  14. 1 to 11
  15. Dried up Water Park
  16. How to Say Rip Them Off , Repeat After Me
  17. Interval
  18. Locoweed in the Bottle
  19. Ketchup-Mess
  20. We Love Choco-Pa!
  21. No Way to Hear
  22. We Had Tails in the Old Days
  23. So Far So Bad So What?
  24. Frog Swims the River Down Giggling
  25. I Hate It
  26. Who Cares?
  27. Fmfyyd
  28. Pie War
  29. Ants Living in a Narrow Box
  30. Crayfish Song
  31. 6 Feet Long for Her Neck
  32. Picnic With Panic

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