Real individuality has been a blossoming aspect of our favourite releases this year, an ingredient which has surged it seems in the imagination of a great many artists and amongst them sits STOCKHAUSEN & THE AMPLIFIED RIOT who has set its own agenda of creative separation with the Era of the Inauthentic EP. It is a collection of tracks which brew surprise and unpredictability as liquor for its enterprise and devilish daring for its character; it all making for an encounter which stirred instinctive addiction.
The band formed in early 2020 as a three-piece garage rock blues band but with the Covid pandemic thwarting its advance has evolved into the solo project of Paul Chavez. It is a venture which draws on a web of styles and flavours, the likes of 70s krautrock, psych rock and post-punk taken to its garage rock instincts as too the inspiration of artists such as DAVID BOWIE, KRAFTWERK, and STEREOLAB among many. As suggested earlier though, it is all twisted, squeezed and evolved into a sound which has a breath and invention all of its own with ever irresistible punk DIY ethic surging through its veins. It is a proposal impossible to truly tag despite that garage rock core but imagine POWERSOLO, THE SONICS, KRAFTWERK, and SWELL MAPS boiled down and you just might have something akin to STOCKHAUSEN & THE AMPLIFIED RIOT.
Adolescent Lightning sets the EP off, electronic sparkles and rhythms triggering keen curiosity before blues cured grooves entwine it all. A few breaths later, punk kilned riffs nag and entice with Chavez’s vocals just as magnetic and manipulative of ears and participation. As the track swings through a kaleidoscope of channels and devilment, attention and the imagination only intensified, the unpredictability ripe mischievous incitement in the outstanding track casting even more twists and turns to hook us in by the second.
The following Hunky Punk gathers its lures over its opening seconds, again intrigue swiftly spun before it taps into its rock ‘n roll instincts, one with a great Devo-esque hue to it. Punk, rock, and new wave all collude in its controlled yet untamed stomp; it too under the skin and orchestrating participation in no time before What If It Never Ends openly wears its Bowie and Iggy Pop inspiration upon its fuzz rock inclinations. If we were not as entangled in the track as those around it there is no denying that the itch to quickly move on was noticeable by its absence and that keen energy was spent from all the rabid foot tapping to its nagging.
Tilde Mae brings eleven minute plus of even more inescapable persistence. It is maybe too long in length but not a criticism we would really lay at its feet as we could not pull ourselves away from its pulsating unrelenting creative drone all the same. The feral rock/garage punk hollers either end of the monotony blessed nagging were no lightweights in gripping our ears and pleasure either, true aberrant enterprise rewarding persistence.
The EP closes up with Intubation Blues, another song with something overtly familiar to it in its makeup but springing a bluesy intoxication like no other around a minimalistic alt pop harmonica and rhythm framed croon. It is a transfixing end to one atypical adventure of sound and devilry; its rich enjoyment similarly unique to the record.
Era of the Inauthentic is out now via Artificial Head Records; available digitally and on cassette @ https://artificialheadrecords.bandcamp.com/album/era-of-the-inauthentic
Pete RingMaster 08/09/2022
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