Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Song of The Day #008

"New New" by DNA

This is just some old fashioned rock n' roll fun--just with a lot of dissonance and groaning and stuff. Well, so maybe it's not old fashioned fun. But the industrial clatter, uneven tribal percussion, unintelligible grunts, and uncomfortable frequencies that make up this track truly are fun, albeit challenging. The skronk-y experimentalism found here is all over the industrial and post-hardcore and noise rock of the '80s and '90s, and the combination of noise, punk, and krautrock figures prominently in the music of Health and other similarly minded modern groups. (This track was recorded circa 1981.) So as obscure and weird and potentially unlistenable as this song and the rest of DNA's music might seem at first, stick with them; they're influential, good, and--like I said at the beginning--a lot of fun. "New New" is a prime artifact from the beloved No Wave movement from one of the era's finest artists.

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