Dada Salamanders in the Beer Hall, Pissing the Night Away

If you've always felt that the only thing missing from Leonard Cohen was a little Charles Manson, then let me direct you to Alvarius B—a/k/a Sun City Girl Alan Bishop—and his reworking of down-easter creaky-barn-door-core combo Cerberus Shoal's track "Ding," off of the recent Cerberus and Al split Vim & Vigor Of EP. It's a mildewy stream of creepy unconsciousness and Dada as death-folk that will warp your floorboards. Trying to pick a favorite line is almost as hard as choosing your favorite member of Acid Mothers Temple. "We'll drink newt urine slingshotting candles into the firmament" is hard to beat, however.

Two solo Alvarius tracks are next. And then his simple, bare-to-the-chopped-up-baby-bone takes on rural dementia are subsequently fleshed out by the Shoalsters, twice. The first of these numbers, "Blood Baby," is given the old Weimar Republic/Weill treatment that's all the rage; the second, "Viking Christmas," is given a more modern beer-hall treatment—it sounds like it was recorded at a desolate T.G.I. Fridays at a particularly unhappy hour.

Cerberus Shoal, more or less
illustration: Collen Kinsella
Cerberus Shoal, more or less

Finally, Cerberus retake "Ding," renaming it "The Real Ding," and give it their own inimitable stamp. Their version—with its female vocals, haunted youth-camp chorus, beautious harmonies, crowd noises, chitty chitty bang bang percussion, and clacking typewriter—just keeps blooming and writhing and snaking its way down a dark path. It's a pleasure to keep up with.

 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
 
New York Concert Tickets

Concert Calendar

  • July
  • Fri
    25
  • Sat
    26
  • Sun
    27
  • Mon
    28
  • Tue
    29
  • Wed
    30
  • Thu
    31
Loading...