Decade of the Brain
The phrase “drug music,” when it had meaning, clearly referred to bands that people listened to while taking lots of drugs. In college I learned that “drug music” was anything the Lords of the Dance Floor didn’t want to hear coming out of the speakers at a frat party. While those two definitions are entirely too subjective, yet somewhat correct, I think they miss the point in that the music in question was played for purposes of increasing the high.
The moment I put on Decade of the Brain, I thought “drug music.” But not in the sense that my high was increased (wait a minute, I don’t take drugs) but that this CD was recorded by people on hard drugs. Actually, this CD is a hard drug! It’s like listening to a heroin needle sing about death! (Funny, Quintaine Americana’s first album was called Needles.) All the songs on Decade of the Brain mirror frontman and former crop-duster Rob Dixon’s simply terrible life in Mississippi before he escaped to the sanity of Boston. For example, “… And They Were Drinkin'” describes how a neighbor got the nickname “Pigfucker.” Hint: he had sex with a pig. I recommend Quintaine Americana for people who want to hear a brutal humorless, semi-melodic Killdozer.