Out of Montreal, these art punks ruthlessly throw mangled noise, feedback and spastic rhythms together to create a convincing cinematic effect – like a Salvador Dalí movie at 7,000 decibels. Basically, they sound like they’re torturing their instruments.
Strutting around like the epitome of hipster culture, L.A.’s Health walk a fuzzy, wobbly line somewhere between disco and noise. If that sounds confusing, imagine throbbing rhythms thudding underneath sharp feedback and Sonic Youthesque distortion explosions.
Carrying the emotional weight of 10,000 bad diary days, California’s Xiu Xiu let tense, jarring fits of noise erupt through plaintive and distressed moments of introspection, all with plenty of weird sound effects.
Often mistaken for just another grindcore-influenced metal band, Genghis Tron assault the senses with sudden violent outbursts amidst electro-glitch knob-twiddling. Uncomfortably hovering between a video game and a death metal show, they can be thought of as aggressive music for the abstract artist.
With manically distorted guitar noise twisting and writhing over top of punk rock drumming and generally cartoonish freakouts, these Tokyo-based thrashy noise terrorists have take an unconventional approach to avant-noise rock for more than 15 years.
Much more than just an electronic band, this duo out of San Francisco incorporate just about every kind of “organic” effect into their glitch-and-bleep minimalist arrangements. From shaving someone’s head live onstage to sampling surgical procedures, the bizarre sounds they create are as perplexing as they are inventive.
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