Mainliner

Mainliner Sonic

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A half-hour's worth of Japanoise mess and mayhem, Mainliner Sonic merrily operates under the principle that nothing is not worth doing if not done in ways that make amplifiers sound like they are melting rapidly. Which is something that can be said about a variety of such groups from said country, but with Makoto Kawabata credited as playing "motor psycho guitar" -- and it sounds just like that from the get go, thanks to the feedback crackle that kicks of "Mainliner Sonic" itself -- one can rest assured that it's probably going to sound pretty good. Bassist Asahito Nanjo takes care of such vocals as can be heard -- his bass work easily competes with Kawabata's string abuse in terms how best to let overdriven volume do the talking. Tatsuya Yoshida's drumming creates a clattering bed for further huge rampages, and the whole balances out a clear sense of structure -- Mainliner isn't simply flailing, but finding grooves and throttling them until they bleed -- with acid freakout chaos. "Tsukisasuru" in particular sounds like what must have been going on inside Hendrix's head in 1967 -- only let loose beyond description -- while the immediately following "Last Day" is no less frenetic and arguably even more spooked out, thanks to Nanjo's ghostlike wails deep in the mix. "Mainliner Sonic II" could almost be called sedate in comparison -- at the least, it sounds like there's a little less extra distortion in comparison to the other cut of that title -- but it still makes for one loud-as-heck way to end this brief but overpowering release.

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