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Can Can Heads – Butter Life (Karkia Mistika Records/Verdura Records/Bottom of the Pops)

Can Can Heads - Butter Life (www.selectivememorymag.com)

Can Can Heads’ Butter Life reminds me of a trifecta of experiences throughout my life.

The first one is when I first bought The Butthole Surfers’ Psychic, Powerless…Another Man’s Sac on vinyl. I caught a first glimpse of the Butthole Surfers in a Hit Parader (out of all places) and a 100 new and great bands countdown or something like that. The name was so intriguing I could not resist in owning something from them. When I heard them I felt an equal combination of shocked and excited. It was like an archaeologist stumbling on a new kind of dinosaur; the one who loves a lot of distortion, noise, and loves potty humor.

The second is James Chance. The guy was like Marlon Brando with a saxophone. I remember hearing about his live show and he would be wailing through these punk songs and with it randomly punching people while never missing a beat. Now that’s talent.

The third is when I came into correspondence with Dave from Ohio. Many may know who Dave is when I mention bands like Krapper Keeper. The quick jaunts of noise confined within a very lo-fi spectrum made the songs so far out there that you could not help but relish in its novelty.

Butter Life is none of these and a combination of all three at the same time. They are noisey with quick step song times that rely on a saxophone for the charm. I can only call this album avante garde to say the least. And with its lo-fi production, it’s not the songs that will lure you in, it’s the experience. That was enough to keep me listening to more.

I recommend stretching your mind a little and let the Can Can Heads consume you.

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Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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