Melt-Banana
Speak Squeak Creak


4.0
excellent

Review

by discovolante USER (85 Reviews)
February 19th, 2012 | 46 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hardcore punk from the pits of noise hell.

If you're familiar with Melt Banana, or the noise scene in general, you should know the extremely chaotic, disjointed style of the band. If not, then it is damn near indescribable to pin down the MxBx sound. Picture an Engrish frontwoman, shrieking at the top of her lungs, together with some jumpy basslines, and the most inhumane guitar licks you will probably ever hear, to coin together a fitting soundtrack for the end of the world as everyone knows it. And that's not even close to scraping the surface of their sound. On their debut album, "Speak Squeak Creak", Melt Banana create their own highly ***ed environment, full of mini-songs that would only be perfectly suitable for a universal catastrophe. But maybe that is what they were trying to get at all along...

As soon as you turn on the album, you are greeted with the highly unnerving opening of "Tail in Garbage", which is a great introduction to the chaos that you will soon be quite familiar with by the end of this album. Naturally, the whole album is quite second nature in that aspect, mainly due to the disturbingly high pitched theme of the album. On the other hand, it is quite an experience, as it takes you through the bare bowels of hardcore punk, and crosses ground on very dadaist noise rock, which makes for a pretty exciting experience. Not to mention, the guitarist Agata makes some of the most ***ed, yet beautiful, guitar riffs in the punk scene nowadays, and is known to distort the guitar lines to the point of being damn near incognito as a guitar at all, and most often comes across as a siren a lot of the times.

Really though, there's not much to discuss about Melt Banana, especially their album "Speak Squeak Creak", other then it really is an experience like no other, and features Melt Banana at possibly their most rawest era. The album is also extremely lo-fi, which adds to the mind-numbingly noisy tactics of the album. Needless to say, definitely not for the majority of rock fans. However, if you're into avant-garde, or like your punk abnormally noisy, or even appreciate highly original guitars coming after you at full velocity, then give the album a shot. A classic expedition in the noise circuit.



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Beachcoma
February 19th 2012


526 Comments


You really like Japanese-themed music don't you

Beachcoma
February 19th 2012


526 Comments


and good review too, pos'd

discovolante
February 19th 2012


767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes I do. And thanx.

Digging: Tank Girl - Kids with Guns Choco Fun!!

wacknizzle
February 19th 2012


14529 Comments


Fat Worm Of Error - Broods, do it.

FadedSun
February 20th 2012


2205 Comments


"You really like Japanese-themed music don't you"

The music isn't "Japanese-themed", they're just a band from Japan.

XulOnerom
February 20th 2012


1818 Comments


Band rules. Pos'ed

sonictheplumber
April 11th 2016


11027 Comments


Met the singer last night, she thought I was about to rape her

DinosaurJones
April 11th 2016


10280 Comments


Well, were you?

sonictheplumber
April 11th 2016


11027 Comments


She was hot but nah I was tryin to tell her she rocked but she just smiled all awkward and walked away. I was very trashed though

sonictheplumber
April 11th 2016


11027 Comments


Even people at rock shows hate me

danielcardoso
March 2nd 2017


11770 Comments


Lol.

sonictheplumber
February 24th 2019


11027 Comments


Nice

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2019


25660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol indeed

Digging: Everything But the Girl - Walking Wounded

sonictheplumber
February 24th 2019


11027 Comments


Great show

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2019


25660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Do these guys slam live as much as they're hyped to?

sonictheplumber
February 24th 2019


11027 Comments


I was pretty trashed but it was cool yeah. All sounds like one song of course though

sonictheplumber
February 24th 2019


11027 Comments


Most of the hesher crowd was largely disinterested

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2019


25660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah can imagine, mxbx is pretty take it or leave it

sonictheplumber
February 24th 2019


11027 Comments


Tbf napalm sounded like 3 songs

sonictheplumber
February 24th 2019


11027 Comments


Melvins were def the highlight



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