Sunday, June 15, 2008

My life is complete.

It's become a mutual tradition between me and Amoeba Music in Hollywood: whenever I visit, which is often, I go to the miscellaneous "L" card in the Used Rock section, I look for Discography: '93 - '99 by the defunct Rochester band Lethargy, and Amoeba lets me down. Today the tradition ended. Now you gotta understand, this lil' bastard is massively out of print. I've been searching for it for YEARS. I checked EBay. Amazon. GEMM. The Relapse online store. I asked Mastodon's manager (Lethargy once had Brann Dailor and Bill Killiher in its ranks), and no dice. At this year's Maryland Deathfest I asked the Willowtip Records dudes (Willowtip band Sulaco features ex-Lethargy member Erik Burke), and even fewer dice. I'd all but given up. But today, there it was, sitting there between Legacy of Pain and Les Breastfeeders like it weren't no thing. Just chillin'. Two discs. $6.99. Total exhilaration. Haven't been this excited about finally tracking down an album since I got my hands on Idiot Flesh's Fancy late last year. A cosmic hug to whoever decided to rip it and sell it.

Discography: '93 - '99 is pretty freakin' fantastic. Lethargy was the epitome of spazzy tech-metal at a time when very few bands were doing spazzy tech-metal, years before Dillinger Escape Plan and Behold...The Arctopus set standards for the stuff. There's definitely some Atheist in the more recently recorded first disc, some power-violence too, and a publicist friend of mine swears that Lethargy worshipped at the throne of Human Remains, which I can definitely hear on the simpler, dissonant groovefests found on the more formative second disc. Not that the other 3/4 of Mastodon are slackers, but it's nice to hear Brann Dailor playing music that requires just as many chops from the rest of the band as it does from him. Production isn't nearly as crushing as it could be, and the drum sound is pretty flat. But you can hear EVERYTHING, which is essential for music this hard-grooving and tricky. Listen to a few clips on Lethargy's MySpace tribute page here

Of course it wouldn't really have mattered if Discography: '93 - '99 weren't any good. The important thing is that I FOUND IT. My next holy grail: anything by Spastic Ink. Who will help me?


Amy O said...

What do you love more: Lethargy or pasta?

Etan said...

Probably pasta, though it usually leads to lethargy, so I don't really need to choose, do I?