feedbacula's first vinyl release NOW is a tangled darknoise riot of danceable guitar distortion, cassette sample manipulation, synthesizers, acoustic instruments, and Chicago police band, all improvised live in the studio and recorded by C. Ezra Lange (ruleno6.bandcamp.com
). Portions were recorded inside a large industrial elevator shaft! Mastered by Cooper Crain of Cave fame, NOW has a hand-printed sleeve with original artwork by Jayes Caitlin (heavygel.com
) and has been printed in a limited edition of 100. Comes with a handprinted sticker and feedbacula canvas patch.
review of NOW by Gene Wagendorf III
"A part of Chicago's thriving experimental music scene since 2008, feedbacula are a prolific husband and wife duo that blends together elements of dance, electronic, noise and found audio to create a jarringly original sound. A steady stream of fascinating, self-released digital LPs has paved the way for NOW, the band's first vinyl offering.
As much a series of beat-leaden sound collages as a collection of "songs," the tracks on NOW are remarkable for their ability to linger in the brain long after the needle has been lifted despite the absence of traditional melody. The hooks on the album are, instead of a catchy chord progression, a recurring and expanding series of sounds that ranges from distorted guitar and plunking percussion to shrill buzzes, wailing horns and slurping sirens. Opening track "First Name Carlos" kicks off with audio that sounds lifted from a CPD band, only to melt into a groove of eerie synth manipulations and a cooly nonchalant beat. Decisively bouncier (and by extension, more fun), is "Brain Dead Devil," a track that makes use of club-friendly drumming, Pac Man-esque warbling and the shriek-snap of bottle rockets.
"Passion/Void" moves in the same vein, introducing a police broadcast about shots fired/possible fireworks over a pulsing beat and 8-bit frenzy that'd sound at home somewhere on the Party Monster soundtrack. It's moments like this, of which there are several on NOW, that make the record an undeniable product of the city in which it was conceived. feedbacula sound like a group that would really like to boogie and explore, but who are inescapably affected by the violence blossoming around them.
NOW ends with "We Are Here," a brief track that combines cassette sample manipulation, found audio and a trembling, ghostly melody that calls back to old sci-fi and horror radio plays. As the tune crackles to a finish, the silence is broken by a man's voice, loud and clear, demanding that his audience raise their hand if they "did not enjoy that experience."
For the record, my hand stayed down."
from Windy City Rock, Chicago Music News, 5/24/14