Nick Didkovsky

Body Parts

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For any avant-prog fan, Doctor Nerve guitarist Nick Didkovsky and Etron Fou Leloublan/Volapük drummer Guigou Chenevier form a kind of dream team. Their association seemed natural. The project Body Parts was premiered at the Musique Action festival in 1999. The guitarist returned to France in March 2000 for a concert and three days of studio work which stemmed this CD. The results almost meet the expectations. The duo took the time to write songs, including lyrics for three of them. When "Pet Song" begins, the frantic drum beat, odd guitar line, and punkish vocals sends the listener back to the booklet, just to make sure this is not unreleased Etron Fou. The first half hour of the CD comprises a handful of short, punchy avant-rock songs. Highlights include "The Corpse," "One Wooden Leg," and "Beautiful as Democracy." The more straightforward "The Man Who Hated Pets" is less convincing (Chenevier's thick accent doesn't help). The last 20 minutes on the CD come from a live improvisation. Things begin with Chenevier on synthesizer, followed by an extended guitar solo -- the thickly looped and multi-tracked, textural kind -- and rock jamming. This sequence feels like filler material, its sloppiness contrasting heavily with the tight, short songs heard before. Nonetheless, Body Parts makes a strong collaboration and will especially please Doctor Nerve fans who thought Ereia was too intellectual and lacked powerful guitar parts.

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