"Milemarker is on Jade Tree!" I exclaimed
with perverse glee when I received this CD in the mail. A
match made in heaven for this artmusic fanatic. See, Jade
Tree has just absolutely amazing taste in what is new and
Milemarker, well I have seen them play and let me just say
On to it: This is evil Devo, danceable diatonic deicidal
tunes. Synths and guitars turned up to not 11, but 13, with
male/females vocals that actually sing. Gone is some
of the old Milemarker screaming but the hard core/hardcore
remains. There is flanging and blurbing and seismic destruction
of harmony as can be expected from this diabolical troupe.
Oh, and lyrics which luridly depict the technological disaffection
of industrial loveless society. Example: Even depressionís
not depressing anymore. Even disconnection canít connect us
Track one is rockiní and emotes that pissed off but jaded
ambience of the urban landscape. "Shrink to Fit"
almost tops the best song off their last album, "Insect
Incest (Sex Jam 1)." Milemarker, like the mythical Icarus,
strive to touch the sun, for something more than mere humanity,
heroically ablaze with taboo. The difference is there is no
crash and burn, but burn and conquer. With Anaesthetic,
Milemarker invents a new formula with equal parts syncopated
hardcore and melody-rich New Wave. Did I mention that among
this robust groove the Wavey melodies are hyper danceable?
The spirit is there. An Underground reupholstered with steel
and plastics in lieu of Velvet.
If at all possible you have to see this band in the flesh.
There is no telling what they will do. They have a rep for
doing incomprehensible artistic things on stage. I saw Ďem
at the Pickle Patch in the Naught-Naught and
the strobe lights and huge sound in the tiny room blew all
logic out of my brain. Only one word describes their live
show and that is COOL. They are like dark poet movie stars
or something, without being pretentious. The album is solid
and contains that intense energy. Four of five iconoclasts
for Milemarker and Anesthetic.
ó Joseph Martinez
- Shrink to Fit
- Food for Worms
- A Quick Trip to the Clinic
- Lost the Thoughts But Kept the Skin
- Ant Architect
- The Fear is Back in Town
- The Installment Plan
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