Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Black Pus: Black Pus 4: All Aboard The Magic Pus

Black Pus
Black Pus 4: All Aboard the Magic Pus
(2008, Diarreah)
Verdict = Unbridled Lightning Bolt/Mindflayer pop (as if Lightning Bolt had a bridle to begin with or Mindflayer could ever be pop or that it could ever be both at the same time)

The opening track for Lightning Bolt/Mindflayer drummer, Brian Chippendale's 4th solo album, Black Pus 4: All Aboard the Magic Pus, sounds like Chippendale threw his latest records with both Lightning Bolt and Mindflayer into a blender and recorded the carnage. It is a beautiful opening to what turns out to be the drummer's "poppiest" record to date. I relegated pop to quotes because by most standards Black Pus 4 wouldn't be considered pop. However, for those familiar with Chippendale's previous work, it would be hard to argue that All Aboard the Magic Pus didn't have a greater pop influence. I mean, this is an actual pack of songs he's made here with verses and choruses and occasionally decipherable vocals! I guess the most formidable argument to Black Pus as pop would have to be the great lengths to which Chippendale applies pure atonal grime. And I'm not talking a tiny bit of decorative feedback (sorry to be such a hater lately, but I'm looking at you Nouns); on Black Pus 4 Chippendale must have completely destroyed more than a couple recording systems in order to lay these tracks to tape because the audio attack here has some literal dangers to it. Don't worry though; if you go deaf in the process of ingesting Black Pus 4 things will go silent in the midst of the most brazenly glorious clatter imaginable. This stuff is comparable to The Goslings in heft and yet still manages to be nimble with the assault of Chippendale's furious drumming. It took me a bit to be able to listen to Black Pus 4 all the way through without taking a breather, but the conditioning has been worth it because the album is certainly one of my new favourites and seems to have a mind to make everything else in this new, trendy noise-rock scene just now blooming feel completely wussy by comparison.

-Mr. Thistle

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