Launching itself at the senses with a web of sonic confrontation, rhythmic predation, and noise locked seduction, Somewhere Over The Painbow emerges as another of the year’s essential treats. The new EP from Belgium band 30,000 Monkies is a four track fusion of noise and psyche rock with stoner/sludge persuasion which leaves senses and thoughts exhausted but basking in an adventure which is striving to create its own unique corner of aggressive invention. Tagged as experimental which can be a false descript at any time, the quartet from Beringen arguably explore previously discovered dark corners but it is in a way no other has yet thought of to create new and unique sonic bruisings. With no regard to expected structures and well-trodden avenues, band and EP is a thrilling uncompromising endeavour with raptor bred hunger and pestilence seeded intent.
The ConSouling Agency released Somewhere Over The Painbow follows the band’s debut EP Womb Eater Wife Beater of 2011.The release was a heavier intensive sludge fuelled release in comparison to the new EP but one rife with various exploratory sounds and ideas. It set in motion the evolution which sees the new release certainly not miles away from that oppressive temptation but shearing it into a leaner, more caustic provocation with seemingly extra freedom to push its edges and limitations, which it does with delicious results.
Opener Imperial Staches from a few thumping beats unleashes a quarrelsome sonic grazing from the guitars of Michiel De Naegel and Ruben Savelkoul to instantly crowd and consume the ear, their scathing touch working its way down to put everything on red eager alert. With the bass of Igor Vuch feverishly roaming the blaze whilst the rhythms of Ward Beerten enslave and capture the passions, the track is a ferocious merciless scowl upon the senses which finds extra malevolence once the brief but pungent vocal squalls of Savelkoul make their appearance. The song is a short fury but takes a greedy grip on the imagination with ease whilst igniting a rapacious hunger for the rest of the release.
The following Amazones soon raises the ante and temperature with its opening Devo like sonic tendrils amongst muscular mountainous beats; its presence an instant lure and entrapment for which full submission is a given and fully cemented by the hardcore like vocals and melodically coaxed intensive rock striding. There is a certain Melvins/Sonic Youth like air to the harsher antagonism but also a hint of quirkiness which is Pere Ubu like. With a rampant finale the track is a commanding and demanding highlight soon matched by Czarring. Erupting with coarsely grained vocals and carnivorous bass tones, the track is a garage punk spawned snarl which at its start and in latter moments smack of UK band The St Pierre Snake Invasion whilst its sonic manipulation and violating noise craft has essences of fellow Limburg residents Kabul Golf Club. As always though, these are passing winds in something wholly individual to 30,000 Monkies, added tasty spices to an already riveting expanse of uncompromising imagination.
The closing thirteen epic Batteram is the true pinnacle of the EP, a constantly imposing and enthralling dark hymn which from its organic vocal and funereal expanse unveils slowly contagious limited grooves and anthemic low ‘chanting’ which is almost sinisterly meditative. Probably the only funeral march to recruit lustful followers, the track eventually drops into a cavernous doom filled suffocation, bedlamic suggestions preying on the imagination within the intensive swamp of insidious malevolence and exhausting weight. It is a striking fear mongering treat which maybe outstays its time though at no point do you wish to flee its acrimonious sufferance and pungent stifling.
Somewhere Over The Painbow is sonic alchemy and pained imagination at its best, a predator and inspirer of the senses and emotions. 30,000 Monkies has basically carved out one of the big gems of the year, a release which gives noise a massive shot in the arm.
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