After getting through the Liars' painfully dull new concept album, Drum's Not Dead, which appears to be based on the interactions between two fictional characters, Drum and Mt. Heart Attack, it occurred to me that the reason for the conspicous lack of musical excitement -- forget about tunes -- on these 12 tracks is might be that all the dreary fuzzed-out thudding was meant to serve as background noise for the video clips on the companion DVD. It's just the sort of thing you might expect from a group that heard a Faust MP3 and decided to leave their cozy Williamsburg hangout to seek a hipper recording vibe in Germany.
The bad news is that the three-part video component, The Helix Aspersa, by Liars main man Angus Andrew, Drum's Not Bread, by drummer Julian Gross and By Your Side, courtesy of filmmaker Markus Wambsganss -- which amounts to three different sets of clips to correspond with each track on the album -- is even more mind-numbingly boring than the snooze-inducing sonic clatter. We're talking time-lapse images of cloud formations and a snail crawling. To say that the results come across like the embarrassing experiments of college freshman would be giving these jokers too much credit for this half-assed load of twaddle. Pointing a camera at the sky to capture passing clouds or focusing on a slowly creeping snail doesn't even qualify as Sprockets material.