TETSUO and Brass Knuckles for Tough Guys -Stunt
This disc does not contain: beautiful melodies,
handsomely recorded and processed music, predictable chords, rhyming
lyrics, 4/4 signatures for every song.
This does contain: complex graining orchestration, well honed execution
of splendidly crafted songs, odd odd odd times, dissonance and harmonic
resolution, amazing drumming and overbearing walls of sound.
The first release, a remix compilation of unreleased material from
Tetsuo and Brass for Tough Guys, from Chicago's Class-B Records makes
me think there is something in the drinking water out there. This disc
shows why the Chicago scene rocks so so hard.
With vocals paralleling early and present VoiVod and musical scores
in the vein of Season To Risk and Varese, these two bands strike gold
in my soul.
Let's walk through track #7:
Leapordy begins with either some bass finger tapping or a sample (it's
hard to tell) and some classic Fugazish feedback. Anyway, the sixteenth
note tapping create such a panic roar that once the drums kick in you
are actually soothed.
The onslaught continues with wonderful conversation between the guitars
and tight precision between the drums. The song slows with some strummed
harmonics and catches a nice bobbing groove with sliding bass notes,
The song ends by disintegrating into a 7/8 mish mosh.
I am saddened that these two bands no long exist, but maybe they
have spawned a few great bands.
To better explain what the record contains I will simply re-type
these brief band sketches Class-B Records gave me:
TETSUO 1991-1995 There are four songs that were previously
released by Tetsuo on 7" format, and were record by John McEntire of
Idful Studios in December of '94. There are also six songs there were
never released after the 2nd guitarist Chris Mancini left the band in
which the trio decided to write songs heading in a simplified direction
experimenting in odd tunings. All these tracks were re-mixed by Marc
Schwarz of Uberstudio and master by Dale Meiner @Ghetto Love
Brass Knuckles for Tough Guys, 1996-1998 This band emerged
out of the fall of Tetsuo and was composed of two guitarists from that
band. Again, Chris Mancini left the band and the trio went forth to
write four more songs before its eventual breakup. There songs were
recorded and engineered by Mac Schwarz in the summer of '98.
Written By: Geoff T.