Los Angeles's Health, fronted by vocalist
Jake Duzsik and featuring
multi-instrumentalist John Famiglietti,
unleashed the gargantuan, chaotic, dissonant and sinister pandemonium of
Health (2007), orchestrating
manic tribal beats, razor-sharp guitar attacks and vampire moans.
The opening couldn't be more disorienting: Heaven hints at a
tribal threnody a` la Velvet Underground that
never materializes, and the
jagged 36-second punk-rock of Girl Attorney sounds like a tribute to
Glenn Branca-esque repetition and childish
rumming duet in Crimewave.
There are echoes of Chrome's android ballets in
Zoothorns but they are soon drowned in chaotic noise.
They even venture into electroclash, although it sounds more like sabotage.
A disco beat propels Triceratops amid industrial noise and feverish guitar strumming while a shy vocalist seem more interested in hiding than in
A similar combination is employed in //M\\, with the litany becoming
Glitter Pills further complicates the matter by unleashing a
distorted pulsation over a decapitated beat.
Disco (2008) was a collection of remixes that transposed their chaos
to the dancefloor.
Less abrasive and disjointed,
Get Color (Lovepump United, 2009) tried to herald a friendlier style with
the vehement and anthemic In Heat and
the languid, poppy and throbbing Die Slow,
but couldn't help plunging into
the industrial nigthmares of Death+ (a distorted electronic pattern
over a factory-like beat)
and Eat Flesh (devoured by another distorted pattern with both melodic
and rhythmic qualities)
and surging into
the hysterical tribal bursts of We Are Water and Severin.
The atmosphere created by these songs is murky at best, inducing
acute dizziness with the percussive Nice Girls
and neurotic hypnosis with the sideral drones and fibrillating drums of