Reviewed by Xander Hoose (Rock-E-Zine)
Ears pounding. Brain frying. Memory blanking. This. Hurts. Bad! Without doubt, the collaboration between Speedranch and Venetian Snares is the most violent, aggressive and loudest album to see the light in modern day 2001. Making Orange Things is completely composed and constructed by swapping samples back and forth over ICQ, as Speedranch lives in England and vSnares in Canada. The result isn't any less devestating. Imagine Atari Teenage Riot. Imagine Merzbow. Now
Venetian Snares and Speedranch take a Roland 909 around the track at Rotterdam hardcore speed, adding plenty of Kid 606 / Lesser style noise assaults, possibly the result of a serious chemical dependency. These two electronic maniacs then drop in plenty of pop cultural references from Michael Jackson, Patsy Cline, Bon Jovi, and Elvis... which get obliterated by an arsenal of time stretched phaser fire and digital dive bomb kamakazi runs. Not as punk as Digital Hardcore, but just as active in promoting the most x-treme in electronics. Recommended!
In an age when The Popstars are assured of a 'straight in at number one' even before the band has formed let alone "written" the song it seems increasingly hard to accept that there is any musical dimension to the formula for popular appeal. Not that Venetian Snares or Speedranch have ever given a fuck about popular appeal. Preferring instead to tread a highly individual path that follows the almost indistiquishable line between music and noise. This much anticipated
as tom@spectre puts it, "violence is good for you," and in this respect "making orange things" is as good as it gets. I am sure that by this time you heard a thing or two about prolific canadian "wunderkind" mr. snares, that has been recently signed by planet mu.
mr. snares is making orange things together with speedranch. some of you are probably familiar with him by his collaboration with part of v/vm, jansky noise. you might find interesting the fact that
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