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Detieti: Frogressive Punk

It’s debatable whether you need to have a state of mind like that of the reptile on the front of this release before you consider listening to Frogressive Punk, or indeed, if it is simply how it will leave you feeling at its conclusion. Either way, the tongue snapping, google eyed madness that stares back at you in bright green and pink, is pretty much what you’ll find when you slither this CD into your hi-fi.

Lumpy, bumpy and a million miles from grumpy, Mr Bungle are loosely brought to mind as you’re slathered in avant-garde ideals and something that seems to pass for chucklesome musical comedy in the deepest darkest Russian heartlands from whence Deteiti arrived. In fact as opening number “Cocaintro” (see what they did there?) closes and a phone rings, only for what I presume, going by the kaboom-chink at its conclusion, a joke to be told - in Russian of course - I can’t help but wonder if knowing the punchline wouldn’t help unlock the secrets of this release, or if everyone is now chuckling at my confusion. “Rasta Fear” adds some group chants and a riff the size of Belgium as it grinds in a way that you’d maybe guess should have a reggae base, but really doesn’t. While “Murat-Zlurad” is a bloopity-bloop of electronic simplicity and marching drums - obviously. Oh and also of grating fretboards and brass. Evidently kitchen sinks were out of stock that day, for there’s a fear that Detieti simply want to throw everything out there, see what sticks and hope for the best.

Often it works, the latter being a funked up, bouncing thing of beauty, while the percussive haze of “Diemback” is a calypso of madness that has you shaking your banana and sticking a pineapple on your head. Frogressive Punk is that sort of album and it needs to be taken in that spirit. The problem is that it doesn’t really bring the party, it merely wants to come in, neck all your drink, break some furniture, vomit on the floor and then try and get off with your partner. It’ll have everyone talking for days, but when the next gathering is round at theirs, you know they won’t be inviting this google eyed frog.

Track Listing
1. Cocaintro
2. Lazy Madonna
3. Rasta Fear
4. The Dream of Woodland Animals
5. Murat-Zlurad
6. Im.Pokh
7. Diemback
8. In Latrine (Cocaintro Revisited)
9. Threeptile

Added: March 10th 2019
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Detiete @ bandcamp
Hits: 477
Language: english

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