RUDIMENTARY PENI - "CACOPHONY" LP
RP took a wild stumble out of the raw power of Death Church, which although frantic and frenetic and certainly distinctive, could be somewhat safely played at a party with friend while drinking something, mmmm, let's say oxidised, a bit of minerality. A Jura.
Indeed, from the popular wine and hardcore podcast Rudimentary Pinot, hosted by Diat's Josh Neutron, we can hear this amusing exchange with his guest, the actor Ryan Gosling:
JN: We established last week that Death Church was best listened to when drinking Jura, what do you think of Cacophony?
RG: Dense with sinister touches, sour and sweet at the same time, completely inconsistent sip to sip. I think something of the natural wine world, something that tastes like someone squeezed the mop they use to clean the floors of a winery into your cup.
JN: Mixed with a little sharp, potent urine?
RG: Unforgettable, excruciating.
JN: This record is sure to destabilise you. Weird, and horrifying!
Point is, there's no way you'd listen to 'Cacophony' at a gathering, with guests, no matter how late it is and how many lines you have inhaled. This is for private rituals testing the limits of your sanity. Every song ends with a sudden crash, like the band passed out from exhaustion, malnutrition, terror, and then immediately a sound collage of voices takes over babbling nursery rhymes, sea shanties, olde towne tavern drinking songs, HP Lovecraft alternative histories. It's perverse and manic and, of course, it's brilliant, but it isn't SOCIAL punk. This is something more toward a band like GISM - a band that sought to push the limits of the form, and establish something truly ghastly, gruesome, grotesque. Highly recommended along with the rest of their catalogue, a truly brilliant and unique band.
Cacophony is the second Rudimentary Peni album. Released after the band returned from their first hiatus following a series of personal events that changed the band forever.
The thirty track LP keeps turning heads 34 years after its release. Far from writing another “Death Church” the band embarked on a truly bizarre quest. To record an album based on the life and writings of horrors absolute king H.P. Lovecraft. A dense cacophony of total free songwriting. Dark, gothic, intricate, unexpected head-scratching punk. The short bursts of music twist and turn at every corner - the vocals are part classic Blinko and part spoken word, the guitar is full of distorted awkward tones and the every inventive bass and drums are locked together creating a truly unique album.
Cacophony is the benchmark of outsider Punk and the influence and cult nature of this album grows with every passing year.
This reissue stays close to the original version, with Nick Blinko’s incredible cover art, including a 11” x 11” 8-page lyric booklet.
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