The Official TovH Noise Rock Primer

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We fans of loud weirdness collectively lost our gizz last week when noisecore darlings Ken Mode dropped a new track that sounded… different. It was certainly loud and intense, but… not very metal. I mean, why is Jesse Matthewson just talking over the opening riff? What’s up with the messy tone? Why is the bass mixed so fucking loud, and why is there so much treble in it? If these are questions that trouble you, I think you have a bit of learnin’ to do about a lil’ something called noise rock. Welcome to your official TovH Noise Rock Primer, wherein I hope to give you some essential history on this oft overlooked patch of the heavy music landscape that I believe is poised to have a resurgence of popularity and become a big influence for young bands in the coming decade.

 

“Noise rock” isn’t quite a monophyletic genre. It should be thought of like “sludge” or”grunge” in that’s it’s a useful description of a tonal center that can be approached from multiple perspectives. The roots of noise rock lie in punk (and/or what would eventually become “post-hardcore” ala Drive Like Jehu), but right from the start of the movement OG badasses Melvins were almost heavy enough to qualify as metal, and some weirdos like Swans take the idea of noisy rock so far it starts to question the notion of what qualifies as “music” at all.

 

 

In spite of all this diversity, there are some common themes and sounds that describe the noise rock scene centered in the Central and Northwestern parts of the U.S. and neighboring parts of Canada in the late ’80s and ’90s. The guitar tone is jangly and has lots of low end, quite unlike the razory, high gain tone favored by shredders of the day. Bass tones are equally raunchy, with tons of clacking and fuzz. Tempos are right in the headbobbing Goldilocks zone – not too fast, not too slow. Lyrics tended to focus on  real-world subject matter of an unpleasant variety. The vocal delivery itself is more snarky than harsh; these bands know something you don’t, and they’ll tease you with your sense of security like a cat plays with a mouse before eating it. Notable bands of this era and mold include Shellac, The Jesus Lizard, and the legendary Cows.

 

 

Overall, the goal of this music is to make the listener uncomfortable. If hardcore punk is the sound of violence in the streets, and heavy metal is the sound of Satan or Middle Earth or whatever, noise rock is the sound of a lonely middle class breadwinner suffocating from the oppressive blandness of their suburban environment while a junkie dies screaming in the garage.

I’ll close this piece with a dump of bands that have elements of both metal and noise rock. Hearing these should offer context for the most direct inspiration behind bands like Ken Mode, of which I predict there will be more in the near future; personally, I’m looking forward to the New Wave of American Noise Metal. If you want to explore old-school noise rock more thoroughly, check out the discographies of the record labels Amphetamine Reptile (Melvins, Today Is The Day, Helmet), Touch And Go (Shellac, Die Kreuzen, Don Caballero), and Sub Pop (Sonic Youth, Codeine, Dinosaur Jr., some band called Nirvana), or the absurdly long list of bands recorded by Steve Albini. If you dweebs like this article, sometime soon I’ll write another about the flourishing modern noise rock scene and therefore actually include some Youtube links of music from after the year 2000. Flush on, hombres.

 

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  • Dr. Dubz

    You aren’t a fan of noise rock until you’ve seen David Yow’s willy, either in person or on video.

    • In the spirit of our late/great resident tapir, “You saw David Yow’s willy? That a paddlin’. ”

      GL

      • Metaphysical Anus

        That’s not a paddlin’ tho.

        • I knew you would be difficult!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Knowing I would be difficult, now that’s a paddlin’!

          • WUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUB-BURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR *BASS DROP*

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Knowing that someone else knew you would be difficult… that’s a paddlin’

          • The Beargod

            Knowing that knowing… someone… knew… some…
            whatever.
            That’s a paddlin’

      • Dr. Dubz

        A lot of people are gonna get paddled then. Just look up the Jesus Lizard on youtube. Homeboy used to pull his willy out all the time.

        • /gross

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Nah, it’s pretty hot.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Pass.

      • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

        Is it out of jealousy because you have a mecha willy?

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          Don’t be silly, wrap your willy! Even if it is a mechanical willy.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    This is gonna be released this year and my mreast are waiting for it. Some good Finnish noise rock.
    https://soundcloud.com/ektrorecords/bensiini-palava-rekka

  • Tyree

    I saw Today Is The Day years back and it still to this day is one of the most violent shows I’ve ever been too. I think Steve finished the set with one string left on his guitar. He was just hitting the pick ups. No spare guitar either, what a fucking mad man.

    • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

      Very jealous. It’s been too long since I have been to a good concert in general.

    • Spear

      Caught them with Exhumed and Eyehategod not too long ago, and yeah, they were fucking nuts.

      • Tyree

        Oh damn.

      • Herr Schmitty

        Saw them with local band Sylvia and Lord Mantis. TitD blew Lord Mantis clean out of the fucking water.

        Then heard a juicy story about Lord Mantis’ (now -ex) frontman being a fucking sleazeball later. Fuck that guy.

        • Spear

          What’s the deal with their ex-frontman?

          • Herr Schmitty

            When they played in my town, they ended up staying with a buddy of mine as did Today is the Day. It’s a big apartment, but still- just an apartment, filled with lots of band duders.

            The Lead Singer of Lord Mantis slunk off multiple times from everyone else. On one of those occasions, my buddy walked into the kitchen… to find Mantis’ lead singer frantically stuffing food and dishes into his coat and pants. He looks at my buddy and goes: “Hey, quick, help me grab some of this shit, I really need it for the road!”
            My buddy: “Bro… this is my place. I’m not going to help you steal my silverware and dishes. You can have the food, but I’m not exactly made of $$$ myself here. Put my fucking bowls back.”

            Lord Mantis singer apparently froze… then complied. Kept the unopened box of cereal that he was given permission to take, but thankfully left the dishes behind.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            Wow. Times be hard when you’re stealing Cap’n Crunch and forks from the dude that gave you a place to stay.

          • Herr Schmitty

            You’re not lying. My buddy said he didn’t seem to recognize that it was his place, but that it’s kinda shitty that he’d recruit a random occupant to help swipe fuckin’ cutlery from the guy who let you crash and eat for free.

          • Spear

            That’s fucked. People who take advantage of others’ generosity are complete scum.

          • sweetooth0

            From what I’ve heard he has quite the hard drug habit, probably spent the tour’s food budget on smack.

          • sweetooth0

            Here’s an excerpt from an interview regarding a tour he was on:

            You’re out on the road right now but not with Lord Mantis. How’s that tour treating you so far?

            Yeah, I’m on tour with Ken who plays in Lord Mantis. He’s in a band
            called Abigail Williams. They’ve been around for a long time. I’m
            playing drums for them right now on a little tour. It’s fucking
            exhausting, man. I’ve been up for like three days straight on a weird
            meth bender and fucking detoxing from a bunch of pain pills and heroin.
            I’m not feeling totally awesome right now. [Laughs] It’s fucking
            grueling, man. Just crazy fucking drives all the time.

          • more beer

            That`s pretty shitty. I have had a bunch of touring bands stay at my place and no one ever stole anything. What a fucked up dude.

  • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

    Digging the first song, and the article definitely got me interested, will probably check out the other stuff tomorrow, great article as always pumpkid.

    • HessianHunter

      *teehee* He likes me!

  • Dr. Dubz

    This is one of the few band shirts I still own and wear regularly.

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519%2BuO8BHzL._UX385_.jpg

    • HessianHunter

      What a rad fuckin’ shirt

      • Dr. Dubz

        I think it just says “Rock” on the back.

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          I just got the joke on the shirt

  • Tyree

    I missed Unsane’s set at MDF, I sort of regret that. Those dudes can bring the chaos.

  • Dagon

    I was eagerly waiting for this. The amount of music you plugged is abundant.

    Will consume voraciously/10.

  • That Blessed track is rambo slamming.

    GL

  • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

    My old high school history teacher years back introduced me to Unsane. He also started a Rock and Heavy metal club. A Ton of students joined but slowly petered off when they figured out we were actually learning about and appreciating the music instead of just socializing and rocking out. It was down to just five of us still attending. It was a great time. Cool history teacher for damn sure.

    • CT-12

      One of my old English teachers was pretty cool and we would bullshit about music every now again. He told me he was friends with a dude who used to get guitar lessons from Alex Skolnick, so that was pretty cool.

  • Guacamole Jim

    I’m really, really digging “Blessed.” This shit is my jam. I will always trust in the pumpkin baby.

  • Tyree

    Well, I finally snapped here at work to this really annoying woman who will not shut the fuck up ever. She thinks every man that works here is either stalking her or trying to grab her ass. I walked to the printer and she happened to be in front of me and she immediately assumed I was staring at her ass. So, she made some dumb snarky comment at me about it and I basically told her to stop talking to me forever in the sternest way possible. Now she is whispering behind my back to all the other receptionists like I can’t hear them. Fuck humans!

    • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

      As we speak, there is a woman behind me who can’t stop talking about all her goddamn dates every night. Jesus Christ we know you are getting so much dick that it’s now the fucking Grand Canyon just shut the fuck up and let me avoid work in peace!

      • Tyree

        Exactly!

    • We must make a law about people talking too much in jobs.

      Right now in my work place:

      33 Cº, no Air Conditioner. I’m all sweat and smell funky.

      These fuckers spend all day talking crap: economic situation, chess plays and ingeniery stuff.

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        People talk about chess at your work? Damn. That’s crazy! If I mentioned the recent Carlsen-Anand world championship match at my work, motherfuckers would be glaze-eyed and mouth breathing!

        • Yeah, some of the programmers are playing chess in the lunch time. I think it’s ok.

          But, today, I don’t want to hear anyone because all the heat ._.)

          http://spb.fotolog.com/photo/11/5/20/luis1961/13778070429223_f.jpg

          • The humidity here is ridiculous. I was unaware that air could feel like you’re walking through liquid.

          • iugh. tropical weather can sucks too.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Oye, Link!

            Most of my amigos latino love the heat and hate the cold. I like the cold and hate the heat. I feel great empathy for your difficult local weather conditions, and I hope that your days are full of air conditioned rooms and happy thoughts!

          • schmityy!

            Sure, bro. I like more warm enviroments, but weather here is very humid, so it’s tiresome to be outside.

            Even with my complains, I feel that I couldn’t have enough life in your city, jajaja. That cold would kill me.

            The problem here now is that the floor in which I work doesn’t have windows. And the weather this week is: hot, cloudy and humid. I started to work since one hour ago and I’m already sweating, because today we don’t have A.C. either.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Hahaha, we’re in almost opposite environments and weather right now!

            Today it’s 0*C where I live. I woke up and walked outside to my car, and apparently it snowed 3 more inches last night. I thought we were done with snow! I was wrong. Now in my office I’m sitting at my desk wearing a sweater and some gloves because it’s cold inside and my desk is right next to a door where all the cold air rushes in whenever someone opens it 😉

            You’d like my city, I think! There’s a lot of fun architecture and pretty buildings… and a ton of delicious food. Latin food? We have some! Asian food? WE HAVE A LOT (Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Korean). Bakeries full of pastries? We have it! Mediterranean and Arabic food? We got it! Pescado, seafood? We have so much, and it’s pretty cheap! You would be cold, but we’d put a little fat on your LinkBelly with all the delicious treats and that would help keep you warm.

          • <3 I want to go thereee!

            Do you have nice trees? I love trees and green nature.

          • Herr Schmitty

            We’ve got lots of trees, hills and mountains- and lots of rivers and ocean access too! Fall season is one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen in person in this area, all the leaves change colors and things are very bright for about a month. http://www.fodors.com/ee/files/slideshows/275/Maine-inland-fall-foliage.jpg

          • Herr Schmitty

            We have some very pretty mountains and forests too, no matter what time of year. http://www.balsamwoods.com/templates/beez/images/attractions/borestone.jpg

          • Herr Schmitty
          • Herr Schmitty
          • Herr Schmitty

            Yeah man; there’s a reason I don’t miss Florida’s weather one bit despite the fact that it’s April 9th and when I came out today, there were 3 more inches of ‘surprise snow’ waiting for me.

          • I’ve only been to Florida a couple times. I went a couple summers ago on vacation and it actually felt like my skin was being cooked by the sun. I loathe the heat. I’m excited about moving to a new college in a few months because it is in the mountains where it doesn’t get nearly as hot.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Congrats on the admission! Where you going?

            I attended the University of North Florida in Jacksonville; super hot, but pretty good beaches and such!

          • I’m transferring to Appalachian State University for this fall semester.

        • Herr Schmitty

          You’re about the 3rd person I’ve ever met that could name drop a chess player that wasn’t Gary Kasparov. Congrats!

          <———-Knows next to nothing about chess.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            Hah! I don’t break out the chess talk often, as it’s a surefire mood/buzz killer and female/friend repellent. I used to follow chess quite actively in my even-more-misanthropic days. I can bring the nerd pretty hard if so compelled, haha.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Hahahaha, no offense intended; I respect the hell out of Chess, it’s a difficult and incredibly complex game. The pros are absurdly good.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            The amount of time they spend studying games and preparing for matches is phenomenal. Most people don’t devote that much time and effort to anything in their lives, let alone a board game with (fairly) simple rules but insanely deep praxis. Not only does a top player need the raw talent in calculation/computational intelligence and pattern recognition, they need that nearly autistic single mindedness and drive to entrench themselves completely in that world–day in and day out. Truly crazy

          • Herr Schmitty

            The whole culture fascinates me, really; I don’t often think about it or interact with it, but stories like Bobby Fisher (not the movie, never watched that, but the actual real life Fisher) entertain the hell out of me; that in the old days guys would get themselves a Chess championship, then go into reclusive hiding so they could be the top player for 20 years (because they can’t defend, and therefore lose, their title!)… like, damn- autistic single mindedness is just the very best way to put it.

      • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

        These people sould like they’re old, really old.

        • and awful, and boring, and stupid.

          Also, they all talk with a stupid nasal voice.

          • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

            Christ, sounds nasty. If I were you, I’d find a way to sneak in some tunes so you don’t have to listen to them.

          • That’s why I always carry with a pair of in ear phones.

            I listen 8 hrs of music daily just to not listen those bastards.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMY5yYlv-tA

          • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

            Well, seems you have it covered.
            If you haven’t already btw, get some podcasts too, to break the monotony of listening to music all day.

          • Podcasts are great to break up monotony of music. If I were to recommend a couple, I’d go for the Co-Optional Podcast (if you like video games), Cox n’ Crendor, and The Jimquisition Podcast.

          • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

            All of these are excellent, especially Co-Optional (probably due to my TotalBiscuit fanboyism)

          • I’m not fond in podcasts in english, because I struggle to understand spoken english.

            I still appreciate both of you for your recommendation.

            Also, I work as text corrector and editor, so I need to be focused in the text and I get distracted very easily, jajaja.

            Hope I can find a good podcast in spanish.

          • this is a sample of the local accent.. geeez:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsbeb0wSuWg

    • Scrimm

      With you on that one. After having a bogus harrasment claim against me by one of my employees, I don’t say shit to them anymore and it still doesn’t stop. There were always at least three or four teachers who made it obvious through body language and general attitude any time I was near them that they thought I was looking at them or some shit. I hate it!

      • Tyree

        I’m with you on that, I don’t talk to anyone in person at work unless I absolutely have too. I’ll use the phone and email as my source of communication at work first before I go and talk to any of these awful beings in person. People are the worst.

        • Scrimm

          Yeah ridiculous, I wish I would have had that option. The funniest thing is they were dreaming thinking I would look at them. Even I’m not that ugly!

        • ^ This.

        • Herr Schmitty

          Yeah man. I’m an e-mails type of guy at work for exactly that reason… and I actually like and get along with most of my coworkers!

          One of the coworkers I do like, though, said some kinda fucked up shit to myself and two others earlier today though. Basically said that Officer Slager (that dickhole from South Carolina) was totally justified in killing the black guy he was tazing. Fuckin bulllllllllshit lady.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXO3Ix_GIyI

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            Officer Slager’s shooting was about as justifiable as the Holocaust. Insane. I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that video. What a fuck. He’s definitely going down.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Same reaction I had. Fucking crazy. Even our nation’s racists aren’t jumping to his defense so quickly this time; GoFund Me refused to host a fund-raising drive for him, and the Indiegogo has only raised $91 in the last 17 hours…

            Meanwhile, Darren Wilson made well over $500,000 and those pizza-fucks from Indiana made over $800,000 for their respective controversies. At least Slager is catching the negative, perhaps the tide has turned just a bit?

          • KJM

            As annoying as the ubiquity of cell phones can be at times, catching events like this on video justifies it. Thank goodness someone was in the right place at the right time.

    • Grind the human scum.

    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

      If all else fails, slap that ass and growl at her. She wants it. Probably.

      • Tyree

        She’s fucking psycho dude. No goddamn way.

        • BLOODBEARDE

          The question is: Is she hot?

          • Tyree

            No. She could be if she did not smoke 2 packs a day.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            Sounds like my kind of lady

          • Tyree

            She’s all yours BRO! I don’t know how much I’d have to drink to get with that. I don’t want to find out I guess.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            You should just start talking behind her back to the other receptionists when she starts doing it.

          • Tyree

            I’m probably already at the borderline of getting reported here to HR. I’ll just be really fake nice to her to be total dick.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            Tell her the story about stapling your dick

          • Tyree
          • BLOODBEARDE

            I wonder if thats what you’d look like without the beard. White collar is the new grind

          • Tyree

            Like a complete douchebag? Yup.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            #beardbros

            no tapirs allowed.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            One day all this tapir hating will bite you in the ass.

          • What do you care? You’re a butthole.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I am very fond of tapirs.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            I only hate tapirs to ruffle your tapir butt

          • Metaphysical Anus

            That’s kinda hot.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            Call me @ 1 900 TAPRSEX for a good time. BARKBARKGRRRRSNORT (what sound do tapirs make?)

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Tapirs make an euphoric sound.

          • BLOODBEARDE
          • Metaphysical Anus

            That’s not euphoric at all.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Don’t work with Tapirs, Meta; they don’t show love or respect! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIEvzRye6AY

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Not to humans, because humans are the scum of the world. We Anuses have no problems woth them.

          • Siqq Burnington

            That’s because they ******* you.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Only if I knew what ******* means.

          • Herr Schmitty

            I went digging for you, it piqued my curiosity.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hFC7ENSR7I

          • KJM

            Like a combination between a fart and a whistle.

          • Herr Schmitty

            It’s no surprise that an anus could interchange with a Tapir; both can make similar noises! No wonder Anus there has such a deep appreciation for Tapirs.

          • Like a dolphin.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            WHOAA NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING. NO WONDER ANUS WONT VOICE CHAT

          • Herr Schmitty

            Me either! I don’t know what I was expecting, but I figured it’d be… less high-pitched, y’know?

          • BLOODBEARDE

            Fuckin tapirs

          • KJM

            #LongHairedFreaks

            Also, no tapirs.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Good thing tapirs don’t have long hair.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            We could form a coalition. I have the opposite of long hair. My best friend has a highlander-inspired ponytail, though.

          • KJM

            We could unite around our shared disdain of the dreaded tapir, a worthy cause.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            I’m anti pro-choice for tapirs

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel
        • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

          Hahaha, just kidding. Definitely don’t do that. That only works if you know she is into you–and probably shouldn’t be tried in the workplace and/or with psycho hose beasts.

          • Tyree

            Oh god, I made I contact.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            If it’s a severed head I’m going to be very upset.

          • Tyree

            A gun rack… a gun rack. I don’t even own *a* gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack. What am I gonna do with a gun rack?

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            If you’re not careful you’re going to lose me, Wayne.

    • more beer

      This kind of shit is why I work for myself and alone!

    • Óðhinn
  • KimJongUn’s Crunchy Chest Hair
  • CyberneticOrganism
  • Let the record show that I am extremely butthurt that Shellac was represented over Big Black.

    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel
    • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

      I don’t care, its STEVE FUCKING ALBINI, any of his projects would have been sweet.

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      I like Big Black and I’ve never heard of Shellac.

    • KimJongUn’s Crunchy Chest Hair

      I was thinking the same thing! A noise rock article without Big Black front and center is about like having an article about doom merol without Pentagram or Black Sabbath.

    • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

      I can’t believe Whores wasn’t mentioned at all in a Noise Rock article!

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YxwFUYUEOYE

  • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

    Noise Rock. All the yes.
    I LOVE Shellac, they’re one of my favourite bands ever.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX_VQ8Hw6tA
    For some sick and twisted reason, I only started listening to Swans recently. They were always a band I was planning on getting into, but I never got around to, but after me and a friend challenged each other to listen to an album suggested by the other friend, I was given The Seer as a challenge, and fuck me, it is a masterpiece. I know I’m late to the Swans game, but wow, they were sweet.

    • Dr. Dubz

      The Seer is sweet, but their discography is very long and nigh impenetrable without a guide.

      • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

        Where should I go from here then W., I need more Swans in my life dagnabbit.

        • Dr. Dubz

          Oh man, I’m not the droid you’re looking for. I wish Ed was here. He would know what to do. Hey @BasedTapir:disqus, any ideas.

        • I’ve only listened their last. To be Kind. I liked one song from all of that album. I think it’s a great band, but I don’t see myself listening them regularly:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c858Bb82wYY

        • Metaphysical Anus

          I think Children of God is a pretty good place to go to. It’s in between their more noisy and more melodic stuff. And then there is Soundtracks For The Blind, which is >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> but quite long as well. My favourite from their early stuff is Cop.

  • Mother Shabubu III

    Needs moar Barkmarket, but an excellent post as usual, hessian.

  • I just want everybody to know that I saw The Jesus Lizard in the nineties. (Also saw Tool touring their first album but didn’t care then or now.) JAG is All Brag.

    …wish I’d seen The Melvins too though.

    • Scrimm

      I did! They got no love from the audience either.

      • I’m only upvoting because you saw them…like to downvote the fuck out of that stupid audience though.

        • Scrimm

          Yeah, they pretty much ignored them, but went nuts for The Reverend Horton Heat. WTF?

          • WTF indeed. Rockabilly clown-ass motherfuckers.

          • KimJongUn’s Crunchy Chest Hair

            Fucking hipsters! I shall get the gulag wagon over to gather them!

      • Tyree

        I just like watching awkward interviews with them. But this takes the cake.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyDWYHGCRYY

        • Decibel asked Buzz Osborne what it was like to collaborate with Mike Patton and he responded something to the effect of “IDK because there’s no collaboration. He just tells everyone what to do.” Hahaha.

          • Tyree

            That’s fucking awesome.

          • Your reply to that woman at work was fucking awesome. I can actually picture you saying that in my head and I lol heartily.

          • Tyree

            Hahah, yeah. I can only take so much before I have to break.

    • Herr Schmitty

      Oh shit, even I’ve caught the Melvins and I’m not a particularly big fan!

      Tool, though, >>>>>>>>>>> That’s a great show, and you should brag- a lot. You’ve seen the best band to ever plug in an amp and caught them *early*.

    • KimJongUn’s Crunchy Chest Hair

      I wanted to see Scratch Acid (JL’s band before they became Jesus Lizard) back in Chicago, but the shows sold out quick as hell. From what I’ve heard, their live shows are total chaos.

  • BLOODBEARDE

    This stuff just not in Blackbeard’s wheelhouse

    • Metaphysical Anus

      #youareascrub

      • BLOODBEARDE

        2scrub^10tapir

  • CT-12

    Very interesting article man, I’ve been getting more into stuff sort of like this and this gives me a good guide in what to look out for. I would definitely be interested in reading another one if you’re up for it.

    • HessianHunter

      There’s a whole lot of music in this vein written after 1995, which I basically didn’t touch on at all. There’s very easily another article in me about it.

      • CT-12

        I’ll keep my eyes open for it!

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    I like the Jesus Lizard and the Cows.

  • Herr Schmitty

    I’ve got a giant raging boner for Undertow-era Tool, a sincere crush on Helmet and a pretty healthy appreciation for The Melvins and Today is the Day (great live shows by all 4, really!)

    I guess I didn’t know the name of the genre, but I dig noise rock. I’ll definitely check out the next article in the series.

    • KJM

      Seen Tool 10 times between 1998 and 2012. I’m good either way with them. If a new disc and tour happens, then awesome. If not, oh well.

      • Herr Schmitty

        I’m damned envious! I’ve seen them twice; ’06 and ’08 I want to say, so both after 10,000 Days dropped. I just have to accept that some of the tracks from Undertow and Aenema that I’d love to hear live are painfully unlikely to happen.

        Would kill to hear some Hooker With a Penis live.

        • KJM

          They played ‘hooker’ last time I saw them, also ‘ticks and leeches’.

          • Herr Schmitty

            2012 you say? THEN THERE’S HOPE.

            Ticks and Leeches is another I’d love to hear but would have thought was super unlikely; now I’m extra hopeful!

          • KJM

            Despite what detractors say, they always seem to have at least 1-2 deep cuts in the set.

          • Herr Schmitty

            True!
            I got mostly singles and 10,000 Days tracks at both shows; indeed, both set lists were almost identical. I think I got 46 & 2 in 2006, which I was stoked about (despite being a single, I thought it wouldn’t make it over others like Aenema or Lateralus or Stinkfist)… but otherwise it was a playing of 10,000 Days nearly in its entirety on each occasion.

          • KJM

            The 2006 show was a basic 10K Days set. The 2007 shows had more variety(including ‘flood’).

  • Poseur Diposeur

    This is so killer. My high school band covered Bullet Train to Vegas by Jehu, and I had completely forgotten them until now.

    EDIT: I should clarify that “high school band” means a rock band I was in in high school. Not like the actual school band

  • It’s only one song but I’m not feeling the new Ken Mode. I doubt every song on the album songs like that. That bass sound is monsterous and I like that they did this one with Steve Albini.

    • EsusMoose

      I was so put off, I only got into their last album and haven’t heard anything else so I didnt know what expect but it was noise rock to a weird degree

      • Most of their catalog is good – Venerable , Mennonite and Reprisal all have the noise rock element but lean more towards hardcore.

        • EsusMoose

          I’ll have to go listen to them, I enjoy some noise elements but I’ve yet to get really used to it

  • KimJongUn’s Crunchy Chest Hair

    Another underrated classic of the genre that was sadly overlooked.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvBTDxLiboA&index=4&list=PL8FFF2E8124887CF6

  • Damn this article makes me sick with nostalgia. Nice, Hr. Hunter.
    I just wuv me some Drive Like Jehu. Perhaps not coincidentally, it is very good Driving from Phoenix to Tucson After 12 Hours of Backbreaking Work music.

    • Scrimm

      Not sure driving to Tuscon is ever a good thing. Then again, driving away from Phoenix IS a good thing.

      • I belatedly agree with whatever fraction remains of my heart. About Phoenix, anyway. I actually . . . (gulp) . . . kind of dig Tucson.

        Shoot me now.

        • Scrimm

          I don’t hate it asmuch as I let on. It’s mostly because everytime I have to go down there it’s to visit less than pleasant family members.

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    Is early Husker Du noise rock or noise punk?

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    I was going to cry foul if you did not post Unsane in here, but you did so, yay!!!

  • JamesGrimm

    Quicksand FTW!!!! LANDMINE SPRING

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  • KJM
    • Herr Schmitty

      My goal is to listen to some Wo Fat while I get some work done today, you definitely put me on them (they’re sick!)

      • KJM

        Yes!

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