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The Essential Sounds From The Far East

When DMBQ (aka: The Dynamite Masters Blues Quartet) played the Hemlock Tavern a few months ago; founder and lead guitarist Shinji Masuko, turned a rock cliché upside down. Instead of thrashing the drum kit into oblivion, he systematically disassembled it and passed it, along with drummer China (former Shonen Knife) into the audience. Once reassembled on the Hemlock's tiny floor, the show concluded in a swirl of noise without missing a beat. A rock and roll experience.

Listening to the band's first stateside release is a similar experience. The band doesn't destroy rock and roll, it dissects it; then reassembles it through a filter they have honed over the last fifteen years on the underground club circuit. On the bands website they announce they are, “ the the missing link between the much-divided Japanese Noise/Alternative music and garage rock scene.”

The first time I played the disk, I could not help think, Led Zeppelin in a blender. A second listen, splinters of Hendrix and Queens of the Stone Age stabbed me in the brain. All ten songs are hard hitting slabs of fuzzed out, theremin laced psychedelic hard rock.

The record's production is so unpolished, it feels almost alive, a relief in today's pinpoint, digital world.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

DMBQ: The Essential Sounds From The Far East
Estrus Records – 2005

DMBQ play:
12 Galaxies on Friday, April 22nd, 9PM, $8, 21 and over

Saturday, April 23rd at Breathing Space at 3617 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA, 8PM, $8