Shorty
Thumb Days


5.0
classic

Review

by Sean H. CONTRIBUTOR (124 Reviews)
October 13th, 2017 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rust, Filth, and Sickness

Finding the words to discuss an album as atrociously vulgar as Thumb Days is no easy task. No matter how many spins one gives this festering slab of noise rock, it’s hard to sell another person on it. Everything that makes it an amazing feat of cacophony, from the loose and frantic songwriting to the engorged shrieks, is also what could make it unlistenable to some. Because of this and the general obtuse nature of Shorty, attempting to describe the desolate and jarring instrumentation in detail is a poor way to go about relating the jist of this album. In the same manner, it’s hard to describe this in a grandiose metaphor without coming off as contrived and cliche, as the ideas of “odd” and “strange” have been understandably done to death.

What I can tell you, however, is that Thumb Days is much more than another “kooky” noise rock record from a band full of odd individuals. Rather, this manic soundscape goes farther than its peers, crafting revolting and intense melodies that, in conjunction with Al Johnson’s acute and pained screams, pierce the mind with their slow, abrasive, and grimey grooves. The feeling of freedom in these intense rhythms lends itself to the sense of unadulterated chaos, and said pandemonium adds to the world the record builds.

But to describe this as only destructive is, in a way, dishonest. Despite the previously mentioned abrasiveness found here, the record is too sleazy and loose to be taken seriously as a world destroying release. The disorienting clamor takes a certain amount of fun in its torturous tones, making the atmosphere more lively, in a sadistic sense. The masochistic nature of enjoyment one could get from said elements all depends on the listener’s threshold of musical deviance. The repulsive and impure joy of the musicians, and some listeners, is one of the many things that makes this record so intriguing.

Whatever it is that draws the listener in, be it the violent chord progressions, the general disharmony, the individual and tumultuous cogs in this destructive beast, or the twisted sense of fun the band showcases, it works. Whether one loves or hates the frenzied mess that is Thumb Days, it’s impossible to deny it of its truly dissonant and attention grabbing approach to cathartic noise rock. This said, one question still must be asked…

What the *** is a thumb day?



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2017


2954 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Stream the album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDD22a5rLoU

Fuck was this a tough one to write about.

Thanks to CaimanJesus for helping me with this one.

bbgames
October 13th 2017


567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Non-thumb days are my favorite

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2017


2954 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like index finger days tbh

pjorn
October 13th 2017


4403 Comments


album owns

good jorb bloon

kris.
October 13th 2017


15397 Comments


nice

Archelirion
October 13th 2017


5863 Comments


A thumb day is when you spend a day on your own and sit completely silently. As your mouth doesn't open, you face is basically a wall of pink, ergo thumb.

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Sweet review, sounds interesting even though I don't listen to a lot of noise rock.

AsleepInTheBack
October 15th 2017


6006 Comments


Nest review friendo. Third para is gorgeous.

owen
November 6th 2017


5147 Comments


overlooked

pjorn
November 6th 2017


4403 Comments


yas

gbowles
May 1st 2018


86 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

really well written review and i agree it is a masterpiece of chaos and insanity. "sounds like if capt beefheart was a crackhead fronting the jesus lizard" - youtube comments

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2018


2954 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Frighteningly accurate...

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2018


2954 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This still kicks big dick

butcherboy
June 1st 2018


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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ffs
January 24th 2019


5396 Comments


love these crude enunciations

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2019


2954 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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