The Michigan Daily - Friday, August 15, 1986 - Page 9
Enter the Asylum
(Continued from Page 8)
s Com y todomisPutane achfor dealing with the people with the
somebody has to do is put on each cord company- the major-hut
record or come see each band live on- -we could stay closer to home and still
ce and realize there's not really any deal with the people we've dealt with
similarities." for years.
Indeed, Minneapolis seems to be
receiving an enormous amount of at-
tention due to the fact that it is the
same hometown to The Replacemen-
ts, and of course, Prince. Hipsters
with their ears to the ground can point
to the recent rise of these first two ar-
tists, both of whom ascended from in-
dependent to major label status
within the past year. Is a similar fate
on the ouija board for Soul Asylum?
Most of the band had stayed up until
7:00 a.m. finishing the recording for
their new album on the day I spoke to
Karl Mueller, and was ready for more
at 4:00 p.m. before hitting the road for
a series of. club dates. Mueller adds
that there's been some talk of getting
a piece of commercial success:
"Right now two of the guys from
Twin Tone are in New York talking to
a major label. They've been doing this
on and off. What the idea is going to be
is that a Twin Tone band like us - ifa
major label was ever interested -
would stay on Twin Tone, but it would
have, like, 'Warner' distribution. It
would say 'Twin Tone/Warners.' And
the people here would be reponsible
"We'd still get the distribution," he
adds, "But if we left Twin Tone we'd
have to deal with a huge, massive
congloverative company which would
be more difficult because right now
we don't have a lawyer or a bank ac-
Fans who are eagerly awaiting
this new album (scheduled for release .
November 11th) can currently swipe
up a new cassette compilation or
previously unreleased tracks titled
Time Incinerator. There will also be a
new single released before the album
comes out, due sometime in October.
Monday night's show at the Blind
Pig won't be the first Ann Arbor has
seen of Soul Asylum. In addition to a
date they played in May of this year, w .
Mueller says, "We went there with the
Replacements a long time ago, our Under Milk Wood
van broke dow on the ay bac and Arch Theatre, in cooperation with the Department of Theatre and Drama, presents Dylan Thomas's lyrical
freeway for $30. We had to rent a play "Under Milk Wood" tonight and tomorrow night at the Trueblood Theatre in the Frieze Building. The
truck for $543 to get home...yea, we're play is directed by Noelle Brower; pictured above is castmember Kaarina Quinnell. Tickets are $5, $3 for
still paying that Visa bill! That was students and senior citizens. Call 764-0450 for more information.
our first time in Ann Arbor...we were Replacements' encore for 'em." show. Since last October they've spent Records recording artists Get Smart!
supposed to play Chicago the next Time has surely given Soul Asylum all but three months on tour. This who are currently promoting their
night; we made it in time to play the an opportunity to perfect their road Monday they'll be joined by Restless album Swimming With Sharks.
Revolting Cocks - Big Sexy It is the rhythmic elements of this playing their western styled rock and which is something like a cross bet-
Land (Wax Trax) workout that make it a satisfying roll tunes. Furthermore, to complete ween the Del Fuegos and the "new"
project. I'm constantly bitching about the positive image, lead singer Steve Long Ryders (let's hope Miller Beer's
the wimpy state of dance musick and Summers actually sings; he croons not in E.I.E.I.O.'s future). "Go West
Revolting Cocks are Alain Jourgen- this LP is at least a partial kick in the through the pieces, sweetly displaying Young Man" is an obvious "Johnny B.
sen of Ministry, Richard 23 of Front head. For all its electronic mean- his range and vabratto. Goode" lick but would probably burn
242, and Luc Van Acker, all from the dering overdoses, it still has that However, one soon finds that this is if they were to play it live. And the
Wax Trax label of Chicago. This is in provocative edge that makes you not always enough to hold a prolonged get-away-from-it-all lyrics of "Blue
essencea side project for Jourgensen want to rock, not just sway. interest in the band. There's not much Mountaintop," and lines like You had
who is basically Ministry all by him- - Richard Williams new ground covered on Land of Op- only just turned 7of "Get Back to
self (although he has just recently portunity; which is unfortunate in Arkansas" are pure pop cliche.
formed a band to back him up). And light of the band's aforementioned Nonetheless, there are a few real
naturally this sounds a lot like qualities. Far too often they fall into a gems on Land. "This Time" is a
Ministry, only better-. E.I.E.I.O. - Land of rather commercial-geared sound joyous, sweetly sung pop number, and
Big Sexy Land features eight songs
that all evolve around really, really Opportunity (Frontier)
big beats and thick bass parts, slabs It's tempting to really like E.I.E.I.O. Special Student,
of electronic noises, tons of tapes, and They're tight musicians who can
interspersed guitar feedback cram in some really hot guitar licks,
fragments. While it is essentially and they seem to genuinely enjoy S C DS
playful in nature, it doesn't come off On Schedul
as derivative as the Art of Noise, and Summer/Fall Rate
packs more wallop and less preten-N C
sion than Ministry. The lyrics are I New York to Copenhac
minimal, which is good, 'cause Vanfrom$5 New York
Acker and Jourgensen can't write from $335 one wa
anyway. - Chicago to
"Tear it Down" is a strong, upbeat
Land of Opportunity is a promising
debut. With some more originality,
the band could be even more likeable.
- Beth Fertig
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