Release DetailsLABEL Suicide Squeeze Records
RELEASED ON 5/1/2005
I Got A Brand New Egg Layin' Machine
posted on 5/2005 By:
With a name and title like that, how could I pass this album up? Maybe I should have thought twice. Alas, I was lured in with the promise of something wacky that included the semilegendary Chris Goss, he of Masters of Reality (and surely others that I’m unaware of) fame and producer of many a classic stoner rock albums. Also playing here is Twiggy Ramirez (ex-Marilyn Manson), adding more intrigue to the equation, but the more telling player here is Zach Hill from Hella, as his band is the closest basis for comparison to the debut album from Goon Moon: very out there, sometimes enjoyable, but most often uninteresting.
I Got a Brand New Egg Layin’ Machine is largely instrumental noodling – imagine the noise that a band creates at the end of their live set: scattered riffs and noise, random drum beating, and a complete release of control that gives fans and band alike a few moments to come down from the euphoria of the show. Tracks like “Inner Child Abuse”, “Mud Puppies”, and the title track that go nowhere slow and leave you wondering when the real part of the track is going to kick in. Oddly, album opener “The Wired Wood Shed” shows some promise as a solid little ditty that sounds somewhat like early Rollins Band crossed with stoner rock. Somewhere down the line, the band must have decided to try to jam out a couple of actual SONGS here (complete with vocals), delivering the 70’s-tinged “Rock Weird (Weird Rock)”, the Butthole Surfers-esque “Mashed”, and the proto-punk of “No Umbrellas” before closing the album with the indie rock stylings of “Apartment 21”.
I know there’s a market out there for this kind of "out there" stuff but I’m not a part of it. I prefer my weirdness to be quirky and amusing a la Bad Acid Trip and Fantomas, not something that sounds like a bunch of guys in a studio recording their jam sessions. If you’re a fan of Hella you might as well check this out, but otherwise I can’t think of any one to recommend this album to – or even one good reason to try.
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