Tuesday, May 20, 2008

(Not Such A) Bad Influence

If you're one of those people who were disappointed by the brevity of Zygote's lifespan, this post may provide a morsel of solace. It seems Tim Crow, bass player for Zygote and The Smartpils, hadn't received his fill either, and joined with some Belgian musicians to create Bad Influence. The mention of Crow's name is not incidental or gratuitous, for his bass work is, in a major way, a crucial ingredient to the gloomy brew concocted on the "Afterbirth" CD (Genet/Skuld/Self-released). The bouncier tracks absolutely reek of Zygote in the best way imaginable, while at other times, when the tempo creeps more slowly, the band wafts out a thick overcast of atmospheric despair, infiltrating the nightmarish and paranoid recesses of the human psyche. "Afterbirth" is a dark affair, so be sure to imbibe when the sun is shining and sharp objects are out of reach.

Download "Afterbirth"

5 comments:

7inchcrust said...

excellent record...
as far as i know their logo and cover artwork of New age witch hunt (wheat ears) was a rip off of the Mussolini's Italian fascist party badge. they ignored this of curse.
thanks :)

lloyd said...

Killer album, indeed. i had kind of a hard time getting into the rest of their stuff, but this one is a gem, for sure. Man, it's like you're going through my own record collection. Great blog!

Batguano said...

Billy- I didn't notice that about the other BI record. Strange choice of art for a band like this!

By the way, I'm looking forward to those comps you're doing. I know all about the laziness factor. But, we've got to go at our own pace, or blogging stops being fun (it becomes more like an added stress or chore). So take your time; I know they'll kick ass!

Lloyd- Thanks for the comment... my motivation level was sagging, and that was just what I needed! Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see posted; there's always a reasonable chance I have it.

Aesop said...

Tim Crow Roadied for a band called Grinch I was briefly in, we became good friends. Seeing this lit a fire under my ass to do a post about that tour. It'll be up tomorrow. Thanks.

durruti said...

I really liked the bass work in Zygote's and the Smartpils' stuff (bass and drums are always the things I latch on to first when I hear a tune), but I didn't realise that their bassist had done this. I can't wait to hear it, so thanks for giving me the opportunity :)