Neil Perry

Lineage Situation

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What an album. Lineage Situation offers two full discs (that's 40 tracks and two hours of material!) of rowdy pummel-core and intricate post-Slint rock from the defunct band (not an individual as the name might suggest) Neil Perry. With four previously unreleased tracks (including "Nine Minutes of Non-fiction," which go from a screamo blueprint to pure Spiderland-era Slint) and scads of live material, this is the definitive collection from a band that should have had a much larger cult following. Still, Neil Perry's relative obscurity gives the beautifully packaged anthology from Level-Plane even more of a gem-like quality -- it's simply astounding that this group didn't garner more attention during its existence. The reason is obvious -- much of the material would be a challenge to anyone who doesn't appreciate aggressive hardcore, and the rest is steeped in the magnificently alienating structures of post-rock. But that is what is simply so amazing about this band -- its ability to excel at both old-school, metal-inspired hardcore ("Kicked" and "Looking Back on the Way You Want to Be in the Future"), and dazzling instrumental complexity -- often both in the same song (take "What Is In the Making," for example). In the end, Neil Perry stands as a shocking monument to cross-pollinating two of the most challenging genres in rock, and doing it with drama, flair, and pure basement punk theatrics.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:40
2 1:51
3 3:16
4 3:27
5 0:58
6 2:50
7 2:32
8 2:17
9 0:29
10 0:39
11 3:03
12 0:43
13 0:30
14 0:16
15 2:36
16 1:18
17 0:58
18 1:40
19 1:22
20 0:52
21 1:23
22 1:06
23 1:22
24 0:42
25 0:35
26 0:56
27 0:28
28 0:30
29 0:44
30 0:42
31 1:12
32 1:32
33 0:36
34 0:26
35 0:59
36 0:17
37 0:46
38 1:44
39 1:20
40 1:56
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