Super Roots, Vol. 1

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The folks over at Vice Records decided to re-release the Boredoms (Japan's unruly and unhinged children) entire Super Roots series in separate releases. The Super Roots EPs are the Boredoms having a party on tape, wildly -- and not terribly seriously -- experimenting with sounds, from instruments to voices to noises made with not only instruments but found objects like power tools and children's toys, just to name two. They make a genre-less, garbage can music that can only be classified as joyous insanity. It bears little resemblance (make that no resemblance) to their later moody psychedelic sophistication as displayed on Super Ae or Seadrum/House of Sun. The first volume of Super Roots--like all the others sequences these cuts so that they all virtually run together without cessation for a breezy 19 minutes. That sounds like very little bang for the buck, but it's actually plenty. These sides are fun; they're wild; they're virtually unlike anything else out there. For those who like their Boredoms a bit tamer, it's best to stick with what you already know and weigh in slowly. For the rest, what are you waiting for? Who knows how long these titles will be available? The second batch will include Super Roots Vol. 6, Vol. 7 and Vol. 8. Volume Two was not reissued because it was a 3" CD the band felt wasn't worth the trouble, and there never was a Vol. 4; the number was skipped reportedly, for Satanic reasons.

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