Websters Medical defines Dysrhythmia as '...apparent dysfunction of the equilibrium...' We'll interpret that to mean coming from sound. Dysrhythmia was a personal surprise for me at this year’s Nearfest experience. A late addition to the bill, the virtually unknown instrumental trio from nearby Philly took the stage after a hypnotic performance by MCGILL/MANRING/STEVENS. They started their set after most people had left the club and I was nursing my last beer. By the second song I was 5 feet from the stage, left of center watching one of the most energetic performances I’ve ever seen by a progressive band. Well, rock is definitely a generic term to describe these guys. Crafting a tight mixture of instrumental metal, punk and fusion, Dysrhythmia’s energy filled live performance, in the words of SOT‘s own Peter Pardo, “left the few of us in the audience totally out of breath”.
Dysrhythmia’s second release No Interference does manage to capture some of that energy in it’s collection of eleven tightly crafted musical compositions. Sporting a range of influences, from King Crimson to Sonic Youth, the disc itself is impressively tight, crisp and compact. In fact, outside of the opening riff of the sizzler “Body Destroyed, Brain Intact” the first thing that came to my attention was the Spartan-like production that allows the listener to enjoy each of the perspective talents of guitarist Kevin Hufnagel, bassist Clayton Ingerson, and drummer Jeff Eber. All three musicians lend to the sonic foundation of calculated rhythms, complex lead passages, and free form experimentation. Versatility is probably best word that describes this disc. While not overtly technical, each song is balanced with enough sweetness, punch and genuine oddness to take the listener to wonderful extremes. From ambient landscapes in “Let You Fall” to the calculated, precision-filled metal stomping of “Nutritional Facelift” there are enough textures on this album to keep it interesting for listen after listen.