Saturn's Flea Collar - Monosyllabic !
Saturns Flea Collar - Monosyllabic
Alternative Tentacles 1996 CD
- "Walls Impede My Progress" – 1:37
- "Free And Easy Wanderer" – 1:54
- "Sugar Frosted Loopholes" – 0:44
- "Doo" – 1:45
- "Always Six O'clock" – 3:00
- "Variations" – 0:37
- "Splatter Facts" – 1:57
- "Quit It" – 0:17
- "My Plants Are Mad At Me" – 1:56
- "Jimi, Jim, And Janis" – 2:30
- "Damn Birds" – 3:36
- "Is In The Middle Of" – 2:20
- "The Song That Used To Be About Midgets" – 1:53
- "Aches And Pains" – 2:06
- "Billy And Some Apples" – 1:28
- "Don't Fuck Around With The Guy Who Makes Your Food" – 2:48
- "Frolic With The Hunchbacks" – 1:57
- "Heavy Rotation" – 0:57
- "Why Can't You Be Nice" – 1:23
- "The Gas Bill And Love" – 6:09
In the time when i was wondering what could Victims Family have become, after the outcome of their 'announced to be' last album "4 Great Thrash Songs" (a deserved 2Lp Live one!), as I was glancing at some record shop i got a hold on this one just because the cover intrigated me.
Nothing much about the band appeared on it but still, the "AT" + "Konkurrel" labels made my mind up to buy it. And so did I, Lucky me.
Took me just a few minutes of listening back at home to determinate i definitely KNEW these guys, but who the F?!! A few songs later i was sure it was 'em in a twisted form, not daring believing it.
Yep, although various effects affect the vocals and the incredible pedal-effects use on guitar (never pushed it that far, even if "Apocalicious" VF 2000return seems oriented that way), compos & crazeness ARE definitely Victims Family stylee, and no apocalicious mellowness either. Fact is that Jason holds the bass with maestria and sings most of the songs here, as well as composed most of the tracks I guess. Larry drums surprisely good (for a god of bass) and Ralph twists his strings even more than he uses to much to our pleasure. Really leaves you soaked & lost in timespace, and believe me when I say that no one hears your screams over there! If you can handle mind/ear blowing with a twisted humor from far in the galaxy, then this album will make your day of no return. It's the one that made Hal blow a fuse (you know how it ends), a lethal weapon but this 'monosyllabic', and a beautiful space odyssey too!
With the help of Wiki: The band Saturn's Flea Collar was formed after a temporary breakup of Victim's Family.
Like Victim's Family, Saturn's Flea Collar is best described as post punk / Jazzcore. Bassist/drummer Larry Boothroyd relocated to Austin, Texas in 1992 and started making music with multi instrumentalist/vocalist Jason Christian, known locally as the vocalist for cult phenomena Squat Thrust.
In 1994, after another jaunt with Victim's Family, Larry invited Jason to relocate to California to form the new band.
Larry settled in on drums and handed over the bass duties to Jason, soon rejoined by Victim's Family guitarist Ralph Spight.
They released a 7'' Ep "Stretch to Activate" and a full length LP, "Monosyllabic" with Alternative Tentacles in 1996. After a small tour of the United States and Europe, they disbanded and played their last show in March 1997 in Amsterdam. The single "Last Transmission" live on VPRO Radio Amsterdam was released on Subverziek Records (Belgium) in 2001, and is avalaible on this very blog!
Saturn's Flea Collar reunited for their 10th anniversary, in December 2004 for the Victim's Family 20th anniversary reunion celebration for two shows in Petaluma and San Francisco, California.
Ralph currently plays in the Freak Accident. He also is the guitar hero for Jello Biafra's Guantanamo School Of Medicine. Larry currently plays in Triclops!. Jason played in numerous Austin TX bands such as the infamous Assnipple and currently plays in Crapulence, SEIZURES!, and (((~VORP~))). Victims Family is back on the map and touring again since 2010, just released a 7'' on AT and is in the focus of a forthcoming new album, and how a long awaited one!
Mark Prindle record review:
Continued exploration (by oily torchlight, no doubt) of those dark corners of the psyche. SFC is a cross between Butthole Surfers, Victims Family (duh), and that Biafra experimental outfit, The Witch Trials. Though you'll never get the feeling that these blokes are as genuinely disturbed as they seem, there are some maddening things happening on Monsyllabic.
Lyrically, where Victims Family were the daily newspaper or CNN, SFC are the tabloids and Jerry Springer:
"My throat is closer than it seems." (from 'Walls Impede My Progress')
"Legless female dwarf, rubber worshiping dominatrix seeks fat overeducated men into liquids and grease." (from 'Variations')
"Doo, Doo, Doo Doo Doo Doo." (from 'Doo')
"It's o.k. to make yourself happy as long as you don't eat the little children." (from 'Free & Easy Wanderer')
"Where there's a will, there's a guy named Bill or William."
(from 'Billy and Some Apples')
The music focuses mainly on the thrash, rock, and metal genres. However, on every cut, at least one of the instruments or the voice has a space-age, sometimes Devo-like effect on it for (at best) an appropriately otherworldly sound or (at worst) a headache producing mess. I enjoy the slide guitar and psychotic Space Invaders sound of 'Billy and Some Apples'. 'The Song that Used to be About Midgets' has a cool bass effect that makes that instrument sound big, fat and fuzzy. "Jim, Jimi, and Janis" is a song long overdue.
A une époque ou je me demandais l'âme en peine ce qui avait bien pu advenir des Victims Family, après la sortie en 94 de leur double Lp Live dûment mérité "4 Great Thrash Songs" annoncé comme leur dernier disque, alors que je trainais dans un magasin de skeuds je tombe sur ce CD dont la couverture m'intrigue...
Rien ne transpire du groupe sur le dos et pourtant, les labels "AT" et "Konkurrel" me décident à le prendre malgré tout, et au-combien j'ai bien fait!
Une fois rentré au bercail, il ne me fallu que quelques minutes d'écoute avant de déterminer que je connaissais ces mecs, mais qui çà bon-sang de bonsoir!?
Quelques morceaux plus tard, j'étais sûr que c'était EUX sous quelque forme tordue, sans oser le croire.
Ouaip, parce que malgré les effets variés sur la voix et l'incroyable utilisation d'effets sur la guitare (jamais ils n'avaient été poussés aussi loin, même si l'album 'Apocalicious' du retour des VF en 2000 semblera aussi s'orienter dans cette voie), la folie ambiante et les compos ont vraiment le style Victims Family et ce, sans la 'molesse' d'Apocalicious.
En fait, je découvrirai plus tard que c'est Jason qui joue magistralement la basse et chante sur la plupart des morceaux, et je suppose qu'il est de même à l'origine de la plupart des compos. Larry joue étonnament bien de la batterie (pour un dieu de la basse), et Ralph tire encore plus qu'à l'habitude sur ses cordes, touchant toujours au but.
L'écoute de l'album vous laisse trempé et perdu dans l'espace-temps, et croyez-moi quand je vous dit que là-bas personne ne vous entend hurler!
Si vous pouvez tenir le choc explosif de cette détonation auditive/mentale avec un humour bien tordu du fin-fond de la galaxie, alors cet album vous sera une bonne grosse claque sans retour. C'est à cause de lui que Hal a fondu un fusible (on sait comment çà a fini), c'est une arme mortelle que cette 'onomatopée', et une belle odyssée de l'espace aussi!
time to space truck & rave mad!!!
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