Share KINGDOM OF FUZZ - YIS (self released)
Acland Street, St Kilda, has a famous pastry shop. Unlike most of a suburb where for many years black wasn't so much a colour as a way of life, it's extremely brightly lit, and you could have a cardiac arrest just looking in the window. On the other hand, it's unclear from which dark Melbourne recess YIS escaped, but the climate must have been conducive to slime. YIS ooze the aural equivalent of the stuff, wrapped up in a crunchy pastry of all-consuming fuzz.
And not just fuzz. Dirty bass and synth sounds duck in and out of songs that span the gap between straight-up garage rockers and skanky New Wave pop-rock. YIS have been around since 2009, and their bio cites a description that calls them "the schizophrenic ghost of Alan Vega possessing someone with a narcissistic personality disorder who auditions for a Comets on Fire/Neu! supergroup." You gotta give points for that.
Plus some more for being very good. From the explosion that is lyrically-challenged opener "Message" to the twanging closer "I Wanna Go Home" this album crosses more boundaries than a US-bound carload of Tijuana coke mules trying to outrun the border patrol. "(I Feel) Repulsed" sounds like Gary Numan re-birthed as a human to score genuine pop points.
"Trevor Block Rockin' Beats" is a tribute to a Melbourne music luminary ("A man of mystery/With a checkered history") who may bear a passing resemblance to occasional I-94 Bar writer TJ Honeysuckle. Colour me green with envy but it's a cool tune. As is the double blast of the grinding "Stop/Go" and the fuzzcore "Lizardman". Or the Can-like squawk-fest of the rumbling "Infin."
Brothers Simon and Andre Fazio handle the guitar/vocals/synth and drumming duties respectively, while Bronwyn Liroudia lays down bass. It's a lurching, unhinged sound and Simon Fazio's alternatively crazed and wailing vocal, and as catchy as a social disease.
Yes, YIS set out to prove that the Buzzcocks spoke the truth when they said noise annoys but it's hard to deny the black-hearted charms that are these nine songs. This is one of the best 30 minute chunks you'll spend that won't bring on diabetes or put you in jail. If the occasional stylistic pirouette confuses, just remember that it all makes more sense than Charlie Sheen, plus a download of the album via here will cost you considerably less a night out with one of his coke slut porn stars.- The Barman
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