Black Bananas / RTX Related

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Black Bananas / RTX Related - Electric Brick Wall Electric Brick Wall
Pop New - LP DC 581 Drag City
Sealed 2014 Original. “On Her Fifth Post-Royal Trux Album And Her Second With Black Bananas, Jennifer Herrema And Her Band Mates Get Even Wilder With Their Hybrids Of Rock, Electro, And Funk. "Dope On An Island" Sounds Like Two Or Three Songs Playing At The Same Time; "Highway Down"'S Blurry Guitar Solo Feels Like The Collective Emanation Of Every Dive Bar In The World, And The Dense, Snarling "Hey Rockin" Feels Like It Could've Been A Royal Trux Song Several Lifetimes Ago, But The Chopped-Up Vocal Samples And Handclaps Place It Firmly In Black Bananas Territory. Electric Brick Wall Is The Band's Most Condensed Music In More Ways Than One; Besides Its Dense Sonics, The Songwriting Is More Compact, Giving Songs Like "Ride The Chump"'S Deconstructed Stomp An Appealingly Cartoony Feel. Herrema And Company Dive Deeper Into The Funk And Electro Influences That Energized Rad Times Xpress IV, Resulting In Standouts Such As "Physical Emotions," A Blissfully Slippery And Sparkling Number That Just Might Be The Sexiest Moment In Her Songbook (Though "Give It To Me"'S Funk-Pop Is A Close Second). Somewhat Paradoxically Given Its In-Your-Face Sound, Electric Brick Wall Also Delivers Some Of Her Most Emotionally Direct Music. Melancholy Permeates The Album's Second Half, Spanning "Creeping Out Of Line"'S Decaying Electro To The Heavier And More Sinister Terrritory Of "Old Gold Chains" And "Bullshit And Lies." All Of The Moods And Sounds Swirling Through The Album Come Together Beautifully On "Eve's Child," One Of Two Collaborations With Former Trux Partner Neil Hagerty. A Glittering Electro-Rock Epic That Gets More Bittersweet As It Unfurls, It Offers A Profound Moment Amongst The Trashy Fun And Reaffirms That Black Bananas Are Just As Good At Capturing The Lows As Well As The Highs. Noisy Yet Nuanced, Electric Brick Wall Delivers Some Of The High Points Of Herrema's Discography.” Heather Phares, AMG.... more details
 
Black Bananas / RTX Related - Rad Times Xpress IV Rad Times Xpress IV
Pop New - LP DC 504 Drag City
Sealed 2012 Original With Custom Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. “When A Band Changes Its Name Years Into Its Existence, It Usually Implies A Break With The Past. Not So For Jennifer Herrema And Crew, Who Go Deeper Into Their Own Mythology On Their First Album As Black Bananas, Rad Times Xpress IV. The Band's "New" Name Comes From A Song Off The 2007 Album Western Xterminator, And This Album Title's Initials Hint That RTX Aren't Too Far In Their Rear-View Mirror. This Set Delivers Many Of RTX's Classic Poses, Including The Equally Ferocious And Hilarious Poser Putdown "My House"; The Interstellar Power Ballad "Night Walker"; And Blasé Hippie-Witch Jams Like "Earthquake." However, The Band's Name Change Isn't Just Semantics. Black Bananas Suggests Something Trashy And Organic At The Same Time, Which Is Exactly What Rad Times Xpress IV Delivers: A Perfectly Natural-Sounding Fusion Of Filthy Electro Beats And Synths With Preening Guitars And Attitude To Spare, All Given A Big, Glossy Coating. The Band's Effortless Knack For Brilliantly Dumb Song Titles, Riffs, And Melodies Comes Into Its Own On The Album's Midsection, Where Toothy Synths And Serrated Riffs Prove That Black Bananas Excel At Making Music That Bares Its Fangs And Claws In An Expression Somewhere Between A Snarl And A Smile. "Hot Stupid" Is Likely The Only Song That Sounds Equally Inspired By Foreigner's "Hot Blooded" And Eddy Grant's "Electric Avenue," While "Do It"'S Bad Mama-Jama Funk Makes The Perfect Backdrop For Herrema's Sullen Diva Turn: "I Do What I Want When I Want/And I Don't Wanna Do It." "Rad Times," Meanwhile, Could Be A Fever Dream That Escaped Paisley Park, Its Dense Synth Bass And Guitar Histrionics Reflecting How Much Acts Like Sleigh Bells Learned From This Band. Whether It's "TV Trouble"'S Stoned Boogie Or "Acid Song"'S Soul-Pop Turned Arena Rock. "Overpass" Is Downright Overwhelming, With Pounding, Stooges-Esque Piano, Blaring Saxophone And More, Like Playing The Most Kickass Part Of Every Rock Song At Once. Despite This, Rad Times Xpress IV Is Some Of Herrema's Most Cohesive Music With Any Of Her Projects, And Black Bananas Pull Off The Neat Trick Of Sounding Quintessential And Like A Rebirth At The Same Time.” Heather Phares, AMG.... more details
 

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