Monday, 23 April 2018

AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL, THE

BandTHE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Noise / Experimental
Related artists: Index For Potential Suicide, Murder Weapon, The Disease, The Slasher Film Festival Strategy and Every Kid Loves A Clown.
CountrySouth Carolina U.S.A.
Years Active2001-2003
Song: "Somewhere in the Arteries"
Album: "The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness"
Year: 2003
For fans ofThe LocustSnack TruckThe Disease, Index For A Potential Suicide, Genghis Tron, The Post Office Gals, An Albatross, Murder Weapon, Usurp Synapse, Racebannon, This Flood Covers The Earth, Horse The Band, (early) Curl Up And Die, Wizardzz, Enkephalin,  Arab On Radar, Meth And Goats, Ultra Dolphins, (Lone) Wolf & Cub and The Abandoned Hearts Club aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Release The Bats Records / Insolito / Electric Human Project / Alone Records
This post's artist is from the April 2018 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the April 2018 Mix#4 right here or get the new May 2018 Mix#5 here.

My interest in the incredibly named, utterly wackadoo, experimental and screamy hardcore band THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL was sparked initially by this review on a now very shitty punk news/review site in 2003. They first likened the band to, "The Locust, An Albatross, Fantomas, or maybe even Since by Man" so I was very intrigued. I picked up a copy of 'The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness' and jammed it off and on for a few years, enjoying it but never quite being blown away. I checked for more releases in stores and online but couldn't find anything, but when writing this review my good friend Maya show me a new link to a label's bandcamp site where it was for purchase, so I just nabbed 'This is the Invasion!' digitally a few weeks back. The band's final LP I also stumbled across on youtube, which is an experimental improv jam and pressed on a 12".

I think they definitely have a sound similar to the bands already mentioned, but I would also throw a few more in there. The vocals are kinda early Curl Up And Die puke screams mixed with Racebannon weirdness, while the instrumentals definitely have their own thing going on, as the metallic hardcore is mixed with perfectly placed synth and noise moments. The mixture of all of the elements definitely bring bands like Genghis Tron, Snack Truck and Horse The Band to mind but their hardcore elements are much different and, honestly, I can't think of a good, single comparison.

THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL's first full length is the 11 odyssey titled 'This is the Invasion!' and it's a goddamned mindfuck. Teetering between brain-numbing noise tracks and experimental, jazzy hardcore, the album slides in and out of traditional songs into truly weird territory, making the comparison to An Albatross, Snack Truck and The Locust all the more relevant. Tracks 1, 3, 5, 6 and 11 are the less traditional hardcore songs, while "How to Throw a Hot Dog Down a Hallway", "Let's Transform NASA Machine", "Guns 'n Roses" and "Robots Among Us" are my favourites of the six remaining songs. "Disco Bloodbath" is also pretty cool as it starts as noise and ends as grating noise/grind/screamo in the vein of Me And Him Call It Us.

'The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness' was released either late 2002 or early 2003 and is a step up from the previous LP, opting for only 9 songs but they condense their sound and definitely get even more trippy. I mean, c'mon, "Invisible Jacket" begins like a sinister, maniacal and evil Christmas carol. The first track is also a goody, as "Somewhere in the Arteries" has a very screamo intro until the synths come in hard at 40 seconds and the entire things pops at a minute. Most songs have a jammy section in the middle where the instruments take on a jazzy, almost Primus feel at times. "Reflex Point" and "Revelations" are wicked tracks with a foray into screamo and post-hardcore during their conclusions. "Witch Hunt" has a midsection that boasts a sick bass riff and combines it with evil Santa synth, creating an eerie and awesome concoction. The noise/instrumental tracks are still there, as "Caribbean Knife Fight","Revelations Part 2" and "The Clone Chamber" fit the bill.

Lastly is the 'Experiments' improv LP. Instead of me talking about it, I'll just quote a band member:
"Originally released by KFLR & Epistrophy Records 2003. We did the recording following the 2002 summer tour. What led us to make the record was playing live. Everynight we would include improvised pieces in the set. At that point, we had spent so much time together playing, we could almost read each others minds. We could anticipate each others next move. It definitely kept it intersting for us. Folks seemed to be digging the improv stuff as much as the written/recorded material. Especially on during that tour. So, when we got home, we set up the gear and mics, pressed record and made "Experiments". Straight up, all live, one take, no over dubs, just three close friends playing off of each other and having a blast. No worrying about making a mistake or dealines for a LP / CD pressing. Also, this one was actually recorded several months before the "Ultimate" album.  Though it was released some time afterwards." (taken from Christopher Adley's youtube video linked here)

And that is that. I haven't found their first split but am content with the three LPs. I most certainly have a rekindled spark for this band after writing this review and finding more material. I hope you enjoy it, too.

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DISCOGRAPHY
Click )==>here<==( to download some of the band's discography in mp3 form.

2002 - The Shameless Kiss of Vanity Vol. 1 split 7" (w/The Jam Session) [does anyone have this? please upload it!]
2002 - The is the Invasion! 12"LP (stream/buy here)
2002 - The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness cd/12"LP (stream/buy here)

2003 - Experiments digital LP (stream here)

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(2002) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - "Somewhere in the Arteries" (from 'The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness')

(2002) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - "Witch Hunt" (from 'The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness')

(2002) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - "Invisible Jacket" (from 'The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness')

(2002) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - "Guns 'n Roses" (from 'This is the Invasion!')

(2002) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - "How to Throw a Hot Dog Down a Hallway" (from 'This is the Invasion!')

(2002) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - "Robots Among Us" (from 'This is the Invasion!')

(2003) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - 'Experiments'

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THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL out of print mp3 partial discography download

(download here)

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