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Building Press, The: Young Money

Seattle, WA has been the source of a lot of angry, anti-establishmentarianist music over the years, so it's no surprise that The Building Press calls that city home. This music is strange dissonant and unharmonious, and brimming with desperation and so much raw anger. You can hear the original intent of each song, you can appreciate the simple foot-tapping bass / drum groove and the melodic guitar pieces, and then it all comes apart. Song after song, it usually starts when the guitar's melodies morph into distorted, evil things, and the vocals are now a troubled scream, now a petulant mumble.

In a weird way, the vocals are an art form. They are a voiced expression of the band's frustrations, a release of pent-up resentment and fury. Think of it as poetry if you like, a sort of stoner's answer to rap. But it isn't singing.

The instrumentation just drums, bass and guitar is extremely simple for the most part. Rather basic chord sequences are repeated and run with that groove for long passages then suddenly change and clash in a jarring dissonance that deliberately breaks every rule in music theory. It runs into weirdly complex time signatures in parts or perhaps someone's internal metronome simply tripped out. It's hard to tell.

Young Money is a brave attempt at the stop-start erratic experimentation that is common to math rock. It is an uncomfortable cross-hatching of post-punk / post-grunge, progressive nu-metal, stoner rock and some seriously bad attitude.

All that anger what on earth got these guys so pissed off! Go to their website and try before you buy. Many people will love this most will not.

Track Listing
1 It's Probably Just You (05:21)
2 Operator Manipulator (05:33)
3 If You Think I Can't Get To You, You're Wrong (05:55)
4 Far Above The Trees (04:32)
5 Textures (06:13)
6 Disappointment (04:04)
7 Bragging Rights (06:40)

Added: March 19th 2004
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Related Link: The Building Press's Web Site
Hits: 2676
Language: english

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