Aids Wolf The Lovvers LP

[Lovepump United; 2005]

Styles: grimy, high-pitched, dance-y shriek-rawk
Others: Six Finger Satellite, Pigeon, really old Deerhoof

Obeying the eye-catching shock value of their name, Aids Wolf will do anything, anytime, anywhere to get your attention, whether appropriate or deemed illegal by Texas law. Skull-fucking noise-ridden skronk with a neon-pink toy penis originally copyrighted by Arab On Radar, The Lovver's LP matches the outrageousness of its album art – all four band members naked (a trendy practice of late), spliced into calico design and swirls of color – with confusing, confounding swatches of sound that leave a distinct taste in the mouth, often a bad one. The most distressing passages find the quartet showing us how smock-worthy they can be by sitting back and letting their amps fry in acid baths of feedback, while the lead singer howls and shrieks like a backwoods banshee.

When you get down to the peas and carrots of this thing, it's best to catch-as-catch-can. With Made In Mexico and others pulling moldy turnips from the same garden of discordant guitar rot, jibber-jabber fem vocals, and cymbal-splashing drumming, the pool's getting a bit full for another obnoxious imp to jump in with an oversized flotation device, a rack of ribs resting on her/his bulbous stomach, and thick barbecue sauce stains coating the fingers (which he/she licks periodically).

But Aids Wolf deserve a spot to cool their cocks/cunts, if not a beachfront to call their own. Their dedication to sharp shards of tandem out-of-tune guitars, simple-Simon drumming that often consists of bass drum and cymbals alone -- if not a four-on-the-floor dance beat -- and the aforementioned goblety-gook singing is admirable, if not always latently listenable. But remember: It's not about the angle of the dangle, it's about the grouse of the trouser mouse; in other words, these folks are likely a religious experience in the right live setting. Excuse me for a moment ... And Ah one, and ah two, and ah three: Everyone has AIDS! AIDS AIDS AIDS! AIDS-AIDS-AIDS-AIDS, AIDS AIDS!!! AIDS AIDS AIDS!!!!!

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2. Chinese Roulette
3. We Multiply
4. The Hat Collector
5. Vampire King
6. Panty Mind
7. Opposing Walls
8. Some Sexual Drawings

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