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No Use For Humans: No Use For Humans

New Jersey's No Use For Humans may be the only band around which describes their sound as being "Experimental electronic math rock". What that exactly means I'm not sure but it was an intriguing quote nonetheless and enough to make me want to check out their self titled, self produced debut CD. In fact trying to describe their music is not as easy as I thought, it's primarily a large dose of weird, quirky, electronics with dashes of acoustic instrumentation. Drummer Steve Honoshowsky effectively mixes both regular drums with electronic percussion throughout and in addition to drums; he also handles various keyboards and samplers and is joined in the band by Sean Wegeler (keyboards, samplers) and Alicia Testa (vocals and keys). Honoshowsky's playing is extremely funky throughout the disc and his great rhythmic backbeats lay down the foundations for all sorts of various types of electronic weirdness to be layered overtop, giving one the feeling at times of listening to some long lost, obscure B-movie, Sci-Fi soundtrack. The great thing about this disc is that it's basically all over the map musically, one look at the song titles and links page on the bands website confirm that their influences do not lie within the mainstream of popular music. You not only get fine musicianship but also be prepared for a healthy does of the bands crazy humor as well. A lot of today's music tends to forget about the humor element and ends up taking itself too seriously, but not these guys, after all, wasn't it the immortal Frank Zappa who once asked if humor belonged in music? I think if you asked No Use For Humans, you'd get a resounding yes to that. They're also available for Weddings and Bar-Mitzvahs, I kid you not.

Track Listing
1) The Mission
2) Jihad
3) Humanoid
4) Awake
5) Ass Goblin
6) Seppuku
7) Whore of Babylon
8) 007 vs. Vampiros Lesbos
9) Ms. Pac-Man Meets Twiki
10) Nothing
11) Heretic
12) Ruination Part III
13) Spirits
14) Mind Bender
15) Smiling Corpse

Added: December 15th 2005
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: Official Website
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Language: english

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