Old Time Relijun
Incoherence personified. This record is an amazing work of clinical psychology. This “band,” no doubt a research project in Abnormal Psych, has put schizophrenia to music. Either that or Popeye and company decided to form a stoner rock band. Frankly, I would not be surprised if this band weren•t among the things Young Goodman Brown witnessed during his walk through the forest that night…
Old Time Relijun, meaning caveman religion, melds the screaming hostility of Happy Flowers with the bop jazz Amphigorey of the Linus Pauling Quartet. Their songs are aural collages of rockabilly, jazz from hell, and minimalist torture. In the midst of it all, though, it rocks! I was almost put off by the first song, “Mystery Language,” which simply was too mainstream in its grunge whininess, but my instincts paid off as I knew there had to be more to it; the cover art was too “Boris at six” to put aside. The rest of the album, twelve more songs, is so horrifying that it must be played over and over again! “Vampire Sushi” is a wailing, otherworldly scream for raw fish and blood, “Treasure Map” is a journey to the darkest reaches of madness, and whatever I•m listening to now, ah! the title track, is the jazz metal twangfest and carnival preacher lunacy! A feast for the ears, certainly.
K Records, PO Box 7154, Olympia, WA 98507 • Old Time Relijun Fan Club, 120 State Ave., PMB 1490, Olympia, WA 98401