• Venetian Snares - Songs About My Cats

    Reviewed by TM (Other Music)

    Venetian Snares - Songs About My Cats

    Aaron Funk is a 20-year old from Winnipeg who has recorded no fewer than 12 EPs in the past 18 months. There is not a dud amongst them. Try throwing on his "Greg Hates Car Culture" EP (History of the Future) and you'll see why new electronic hardcore is really the new punk. Alec Empire and his DHR acolytes gave it a stab, but their shouted faux left-wing vocals and lack of sonic diversity led to the defection of many artists from the label. Venetian Snares wants to deliver a mighty blow to the complacent by making extremely loud percussive tracks with occasional vocal samples and breakbeats almost too fast for human consumption. In this still nascent movement, his music is so clearly years ahead of his peers. Rapidly following up his punishing "Making Orange Things" album with Speedranch, "Songs About My Cats" is only slightly more calm. If you're fearing endless "meow" samples and distorted kick drums, I can assure you you'll find none of that here. Instead, 'Chinaski' sounds like a drum program run across a rusty cheese grater, and 'Pouncelciot' starts at 180 BPM and only gets faster. Venetian Snares is an artist to be watched.

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