Saturday, September 22, 2012

History Is Just The Same Thing Over And Over Again

China Pig's singles are almost like regular rock songs compared to their LP, which plays not so much as a collection of individual tracks as it does a full-length 46-minute composition: best when taken as a whole, and no doubt standing as the band's masterpiece. The songs transition into each other and occasionally reference back to/reprise sections of previous tracks, sorta like on Sonic Youth's "Bad Moon Rising" on both those counts, although this one's a bit heavier. At seven minutes each, the two opening and closing tracks ("Leviathan Rising" and "Blue Line to Greg Vegas") act like warm-up and cool-down laps for all the action that goes on in-between, and while there's a lot going on in here, at times there isn't. The band is content to leave some things quiet, which of course makes the loud parts seem even louder, and whatever vocals are present are usually buried in the mix or are just random repeated phrases for effect -- mere coloring to the ample noise that's now pouring into your ears.

One of the coolest things about this record is that the LP and CD packaging are markedy different, with the LP sleeve having been silkscreened in some sort of pidgin German, a nod to their Krautrock influences I guess. Easily one of the best and more interesting records to come out of the whole '90s Danbury scene.

China Pig -

"Christened by a Dead Cat"

"Crispus A."

"Searching for Johnny Dirge"

"C. Attucks"


Vegas said...

proud to have my name in a song on this album !!

Brushback said...

Yeah, til Drive Like Jehu stole it for one of their records