Cacophonous repetition you say (In this case, Permanent Records)? Well sure, I’m interested! It always seems a bit odd to have to describe something as such because when read over again it always sounds like the most unappealing thing ever. Why would anyone in their right mind want to listen to a repetitious thud of noise? But then I remember what exactly I’m listening to and the people who it may appeal to, including myself. Then it makes sense again and goes from negative to a positive. Music that blurs the line between rock and noise is never pleasant to describe because in most cases it’s not pleasant music, using words that in any other setting would drive practically everyone away. It’s odd to think about I guess, but the appeal of it is some other deeper rabbit hole that I’ve yet to quite figure out for myself. Anyway, the latest LP Rojo from Obnox is an album that obviously hinges on many of these characteristics and pulls them together to create one wild ride of blown out noise. Brought to us by Lamont “Bim” Thomas, current drummer of fellow garage noise tacticians Puffy Areolas, with Obnox he uses the project to step further beyond the realms of garage-punk to explore an almost free form style of jazz and psych. The first track is titled “Bim Crazy”, which for Rojo is likely the approach in which he takes. With no pressure of having to adhere to any sort of blueprint, Thomas can work within the extremes and absurdities of which he desires. As such, the album presents a highly interesting mash of noises that at times even includes odd samples and beats. But when scrubbed down properly in piercing feedback is all left rolling in the filth, happily joined together. I don’t know why I need this in my life and I’ll probably never know, but Rojo successfully fills that need.
Obnox – Lili and Aggie (stream)
Those that are looking to grab a copy of Rojo can do so by hitting up Permanent Records. They have it on exclusive bone white, apparently. All together though, there is 300 of these nasty things to go around.