Monday, January 19, 2015

Three Bean Salad Review

This originally appeared in 1998 in issue 13 of Married Punks.

V/A - Three Bean Salad

Many of the more mainstream music fans don't understand the therapeutic value of noisecore/silly punk/grind, which this tap is chock full of.  After a day of working with the disease that is the consuming public, this tape presents the ultimate release.

This music is truly the music of rebellion.  Bands like Ecostench are so far from anything that the mainstream music public, in all its boring glory, would consider "safe."  The mainstream allows pseudorebellious music (Marilyn Manson, for example), while completely shunning a band like Sockeye (also on this tape).  It's not because the bands are too "noisy."  It's due to the fact that the mainstream music public will never understand these bands, and are therefore afraid of them.

If you can't or won't understand the meaning and rawness behind a band like the Scroungers, then it is already too late for you.  You've bought the lie that the bands represented here are just noise.  You might as well go back to your safe, though sometimes tolerably rebellious, music.  You'll never grasp the anger or subversion.  You'll never understand Pile of Eggs' "Flowers and Eggs."  You'll never even make an attemptto.  Why?  Because you're too boring and too stupid to realize what true danger is.

In case you haven't been able to read between the lines: I love this tape and hate you.

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