Goon Moon I Got a Brand New Egg Layin’ Machine

[Suicide Squeeze; 2005]

Rating: 2/5

Styles: wtf, fractured noise-rock, this n’ that
Others: Hella, various Skin Graft and Load artists, Ween


This is strange. Goon Moon is comprised of Twiggy Ramirez (bassist for Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails), Zach Hill (drummer from Hella), and Chris Goss (singer/guitarist of Masters of Reality). If you're familiar with any of these bands or even all three, you still probably don't know what Goon Moon sounds like, though if you catch Hella on their current tour in support of Chirpin Hard/Church Gone Wild you might get some inkling. There are ten tracks here, which go by in 25 minutes, but in that time the band do a great job of completely confusing the listener. Is this serious? Is it some sort of in-joke piss take? Who knows? The number of people who even care is so ridiculously small that I'll just assume that these three gentlemen are attempting something at least marginally artistic, but the aims of this project are unclear, to say the least.

I Got a Brand New Egg Layin' Machine starts with a few noise-fuck collages with some typically skittering and sweet drumming from Hill, albeit at a much lower volume than usual. There are horror-movie ghost moans, "futuristic" laser sounds (is that a theremin I hear?), but not really much to latch on to. We've got the minimalist "At the Kit Kat Klub," "Rock Weird (Weird Rock)," which is aptly titled and sounds like a mid-tempo psych-rock number run through a "robot" filter, and "Mashed," which could be Ween at their weirdest, which basically means that it could be anything. By the time the record ends with the straight-ahead (and really repetitive) "No Umbrellas" and ridiculously normal torch song "Apartment 31," I had absolutely no clue what was going on. Suffice it to say that this is some sillyass shit. I can't imagine this particularly appealing to fans of any of the bands of those involved, but, well, kudos, dudes. Goon Moon.

1. The Wired Wood Shed
2. Mud Puppies
3. Inner Child Abuse
4. The Smoking Man Returns
5. At The Kit Kat Klub
6. Rock Weird (Weird Rock)
7. Mashed
8. I Got A Brand New Egg Layin' Machine
9. No Umbrellas
10. Apartment 31

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