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Page 8-The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, April 8,1992

Kiwis
Continued from page 5
and string sections augmenting
Downes' manic, melancholic and
beautiful roamings down some Tin
Pan Alley with a fine bottle of .im-
ported German beer loosely in hand.
Downes admits more of a fondness
for the three B's of the classical
canon than for Arthur Lee, however.
"Yeah, I've heard bits of Love. It re-
ally didn't do anything for me."
Although the Verlaines are the
only dose of New Zealand that Ann
Arbor will see for a while, they're
merely the beautiful tip of a sublime
iceberg. Downes explained in a
phone interview from Providence,
R.I., "There's a lot of things that
help bands to thrive, especially in
Dunedin, where we come from,
anyway. There's a good university,
so there's a good audience. There's
always new people to create new
concoctions of bands every year."

Downes isn't exaggerating with
his "new concoctions ... every year"
statement, either. The Verlaines
have been through many a sub-
stantial line-up change. They've
even had different line-ups for each
of their past three albums!
Although they tour "merely" as
an unembellished three-piece, the
Verlaines' live shows still produce a
honed-down mass of potent energy.
As Downes said, and anyone who
has ever seen the Verlaines can
attest to, "There's a lot of elements
that are going for the live perfor-
mance that makes the three-piece
band just as exciting - because it's
there, immediate - with three peo-
ple trying to do these bloody struc-
tures."
THE VERLAINES open for LUKA
BLOOM tonight at the Blind Pig.
Tickets are $7.50 at Ticketmaster,
p.e.s.c. Doors open at 9:30. Call
763-TKTS.

KMFDM
Money
Wax Trax Records
BOOM! KLANK! BA-BOOM
BOOM KLANK! BOOM! KRASH!
And away we go ...
If nothing else, Money, the new
disc from German noise terrorists
KMFDM, will keep the alternateens
at the Nectarine Ballroom ecstatic
for many Monday nights to come.
While the album doesn't break any
new ground in the world of indus-
trial dance music, it still bangs and
crashes better than most other se-
quencer-happy heroes.
During its more thunderous mo-
ments, Money seethes with the same
kinetic energy of an early Nitzer Ebb
- creepy, pulsating basslines, rhy-
thmic megaton bomb drums, twisted
samples, and scratchy AM radio

vocals. The title track stomps along
on big, crunchy guitars and a warped
orchestra sample that sounds like a
theme from a PBS TV show from
hell.
"Vogue" (no, not that one) is a
dancefloor frenzy that pumps like
HAL on really bad drugs, and "Sex
On The Flag" also elevates above
the usual BOOM! KLANK! of -the
computer-generated quagmire.
KMFDM does manage to raise a
few eyebrows, namely on the slow
and sexy "Help Us/Save Us/Take Us
Away," which features sultry female
vocals and some semblance of a me-
lody.
In the end, however, Money is
just another connect-the-dots indus-
trial dirge-fest. Beats pummel you
into submission, but leave you noth-
ing to remember them by.
It's definitely time for all of these
man-machines (KMFDM, Front
Line Assembly, Nitzer Ebb, etc.) to
come up with some new ideas. Plug-
ging the same data into that big in-
dustrial calculator in the sky might
spew back more of the same tried

and true results, but we've heard it
all before. Even Ministry eventually
turned into a electronic Spinal Tap.
Come on kids, surprise us for
once.
- Scott Sterling
Think Tree
Like the Idea
Caroline
Boston, the hot spot of new mu-
sic, has spawned yet another group
that's about to take its stab at fame.
The industrial band Think Tree has
come out with a surprisingly strong
new album, Like the Idea, a follow-
up to their self-released EP
Eight/Thirteen. This disc is full of
energy and drive that hardly falters
in the course of its 21 tracks. Imme-
diately from cut number one the
listener is thrust into the midst of
Peter Moore's quirky voice and
lyrics.
The style and delivery of Think
Tree on Like the Idea varies from
song to song. On cuts like "All We
Like Sheep" you get a feeling of
rapid-fire delivery not only in the

music, but especially in the lyrics. In
contrast, "Mamther" has an unex-
pectedly laid back and relaxed aura.
This particular song has an almost
mesmerizing appeal through its in-
tricately woven guitars.
Think Tree also goes out on a -
limb to do some very strange songs77
such as "Holy Cow," which in-
volves, yes, the worship of the.,
"thing that goes moo." The band2
even tries a sort of rap in "A Couirt
Jester Named Sa-Sa," a further ex-
ample of the diversity of their sound.' .
As a way of breaking up the rhyZ
thm of the album, Think Tree places,*
a shorter track in between each full-
length song. These segments contain';
a variety of sampled materials that'
are assembled in such a bizarre way:;;
that you've got to wonder what these
guys were thinking.
Like the Idea displays Think
Tree's erratic and senseless style, a "
style that on the surface seems to re-
semble other groups like They Might';
Be Giants. However, upon closer in-
spection, you'll find Think Tree de-
finitely has a sound of their own.
-Alan Segal

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