7 and 7 Is

Bass. It's all about bass, innit? How low can you go? As low as a good throbbing permits. Volume Two of Trance Syndicate's The Kahanek Incident series finds Austin's former Furry Thing(s) Ken Gibson bass `n' drumming the Electric Company's "Furmented Omens," with the remix sounding like samples hurtling through a windstorm. Or, as it's succinctly stated on the label: "fucked up by Ken Gibson." The flip side features the Electric Company working over the fuzzpuppies' "Porno Queen's Love Polemic," which is merely "refashioned by Brad Laner," and thankfully so; tribally enhanced we can handle. Glorium are always a welcomed handful and no more so than on their new Golden Hour 7-inch, whose A-side, "Black Market Hearts," sounds like one of John Carpenter's electro New Wave scores in which the vocal lurks about menacingly, leaping out occasionally, knife in hand. The B-side, "Walkie-Talkie," takes a throbbing narcoleptic bassline, injects a lead line of adrenaline, and stands back while the singer gets Cure-d. Paul Newman's recorded debut, "... Please Wait During the Silence" b/w "Clear Baby" (Twistworthy) is sometimes only a bassline as the band's bashing prog-punk thrashes about rather aimlessly to reveal a centering bass part every now and again. Speaking of prog-punk, Cavity vets Blort dedicate their yellow-vinyl single (on Morning Star) to their late bassist Thomas Churchill, who was killed last year while riding his bicycle on Lamar. "Aunt Ida Like Chickens" features Johanna Taylor phone-sexing it to good effect ("take your clothes off and we'll start fucking like bunnies"), while the B-side, "Dance of the Mutants" would make a good double feature to Glorium's "Walkie-Talkie," as it's straight outta some George Romero zombie gorefest. Finally, there's Austin's 1-4-5's, who are all galloping bassline and garageland Clash guitars on their "Ten Gallon Helmet" four-song EP (Answer Pictures). Primitive rave-up music would be another apt description, and who cares about spastic vocals anyway when you've got a speedy "Little Red Hot Rod"? Bass and drums, indeed -- the real kind, not that electronica b.s.

-- Raoul Hernandez

"7 & 7 Is" reviews all local and national singles. Send to: "7 & 7 Is," The Austin Chronicle, PO Box 49066, Austin, TX 78765.

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