20 februari 2011

The Daily Void - Identification Code: 5271-684346864436-4519


Year: 2007
RYM / Here

In many ways the song (“You’ve Been Erased”) that opens this self-titled effort by Chicago’s abrasive garage combo The Daily Void reminds me of some of the old Butthole Surfers. It’s got that jagged edge, you know? You can tell there is great rock and roll looming somewhere in this well of derangement, but by choice the makers have opted for marching at the beat of their own drummer. Read; be strident, loud and not all that easy going. So let’s just hope that The Daily Void never finds commercial success in the tragic way that the Butthole Surfers have. Some of my doubts regarding the type of artsy noise this quartet creates are dissipated as I get deeper into Identification Code…. and they are clarified even more after I find out that The Daily Voids was formed from the ashes of the late The Functional Blackouts (guitarists Mac Blackout and Dr. Filth and Rob Karlic).

Slightly more angular, difficult, disordered and destructive than the music of its predecesors, The Daily Void create the kind of nihilistic garage punk rock that is bound to annoy the fuck out of anyone not used to these types. Personally, once I got past the Butthole Surfers not so mistaken association I was able to find an affable quartet obsessed with monochromatic negativity, whose songs constantly walk the very fine line between actual organized but in your face brash punk rock music and destructive noise rock. -Deaf Sparrow

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