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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
  this snow is some ridiculous bullshit



7 Year Rabbit Cycle "Meditation"

7 Year Rabbit Cycle "Forgotten South"

7 Year Rabbit Cycle "Lightning Bugs"

Rob Fisk and Kelly Goodefisk, formerly of Deerhoof, love this world what surrounds them. Their art, both visual and, musically, as 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, is largely focused on issues impacting the environment. Their label calls them “eco-terrorist hobbit rock”. Please, don’t let that dissuade you. Their latest album, Wind Machines, features some of the craggiest, most imposing noise-rock around. Much of the record feels improvised, sounding like Unwound jamming into an over-driven eight-track, or something. Everything’s slightly abrasive; the vocals are shouted and tinny, the guitar is shrill, and the bass is as thick and heavy as the god-damned two-and-a-half feet of snow I had to shovel off our car yesterday. And though I’ve never been big on mixing blatant politics and rock music, 7YRC’s ranting doesn’t bother me, for the most part. Their passion is as palpable as their anger, and their politics most definitely aren’t being used to garner attention or make them look cool. And the packaging is great, with three gatefolds and several pages of lyrics and Fisk’s artwork.

Anyway, Jamie Stewart from Xiu Xiu sings on a couple of songs, and Steve Gigante, of Dark Inside the Sun, and occasional member of Brother JT’s back-up band, lends his haphazard hand, as well. Stewart’s demented screaming on “Meditation” is as ridiculously over-the-top as anything he’s ever done with Xiu Xiu. Gigante’s reliably Jandekian singing on “Forgotten South” matches the listless, droning noise-folk that makes up the bulk of the song. And although the last few days haven’t been suicidal, this damn Northeast winter certainly does make me miss the South more than usual.

You can buy a copy of Wind Machines through Insound.
 
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