Sunday, April 11, 2010

CHAINMAIL: Peopleperson - The Kids Are All Done For (Fictionband Mechanics, 2009)

The CHAINMAIL section reviews bands that were proactive enough to contact me directly. Here at Cerebral Metalhead, initiative is rewarded.

You are reading a review of an album by the retardedly prolific Darryl Robbins and his band Peopleperson. This is one of at least four albums that Peopleperson released in '09. By the time you finish reading this review he will likely have put out another one. What sort of person is Robbins? This is how he introduced himself to me:
"I too am a cerebral metalhead. I make music, not necessarily metal, but a bit may come through. Thought you might like. If not, whatever. Thanks for the time spent reading this riveting email of mine."
Short and to the point. He doesn't have time to spend on elaboration; gotta record that music. Words are stumbling blocks for this band. Peopleperson have no use for words.

"Rainman on the Silver Mountain"

"The Hinderer"

For a man of such pithy messaging, Robbins sure is discursive with his compositions. There's as much rockabilly and surf guitar twang as there is blastbeating and riffage on The Kids Are All Done For. In fact, way more of it. But I don't hear the work of a Mr. Bungle biter, mashing up genres with no business hanging out for the sake of juxtaposition. I hear a guy who's striving for something new, trying to find the commonalities between Liturgy and Link Wray (two of the band's top MySpace friends). And strangely, it works. Substitute a distorted guitar tone and a bit of dissonance, and you've got the same smeary guitar texture of Deathspell Omega and Glorior Belli. I like this stuff. Maybe you will too. If not, whatever.



Helm said...

That's a pretty inventive genre-mash and as you say it doesn't sound fake or anything. Drum machine programming/soundbanks having become more streamlined/better sounding is a boon to such projects that rest upon the spontaneity of their creators much more than 'let's go into the studio and rehearse this for 6 months guys'.

However it does sound bare-bones not in the sonic sense but instead in that it's a sound without a meaning - for me. Lyrics, exposition, some sort of emotional cue could help peopleperson sound like human art, not like just sound experiment. I know it's not in vogue (meanings in loud music, humanism in art, taking a risk with tying down an abstract form to a specific notion) but it would push this really inventive sort of sound from being something to listen to once to something to revisit many times.

Anonymous said...

PP rules!