DNA
A Taste of DNA


4.5
superb

Review

by butcherboy CONTRIBUTOR (123 Reviews)
September 7th, 2018 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One man's crud..

EP III

A self-taught guitarist and son of missionaries to Brazil. An Ohio harpist who’d run away to New York like so many restless Middle American kids. A drummer who didn’t speak English and had never played anything beside the violin. Such were the composite pieces of NYC punk ingénues, DNA. Taking what no-wave would come to mean as the years went, that aggregate seems only fitting.

Like the insurgent genre whence it sprung, the EP is quick to combust and flame out. In 10 jarring minutes, A Taste of DNA disembowels melody and tone, and presses together a mess of detached parts, like so much shit and play-doh.

They hardly left the city, or the East Village for that matter, playing their first show at Max’ Kansas City, and their last just 3 years later at CBGB’s. But like Mars, the Contortions and so many of their no-wave peers, the scope of their influence fanned out far beyond Lower Manhattan. Swans, Boredoms, Spacemen 3, Royal Trux, Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth and any number of present-day noise icons all trace back to that vile dissonance.

Brave, talentless, odd, visionary, absurd, meaningless, lazy, lapsed, lopsided. What DNA and no-wave really stood for was New York City, and how deliriously boundless and intoxicating it was to make formless noise in the trash-sodden centre of the universe.



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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2018


9441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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Papa Universe
September 7th 2018


19651 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, okay

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bgillesp
September 7th 2018


6579 Comments


Hmm

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Papa Universe
September 7th 2018


19651 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

quite a dissonance here. aye, bgill?

NeroCorleone80
September 7th 2018


34561 Comments


nice

BMDrummer
September 7th 2018


14440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sick shit

SandwichBubble
September 9th 2018


9249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As always, I miss all of the important reviews

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Papa Universe
September 9th 2018


19651 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What can I say, you're a miss-terious man.

SandwichBubble
September 9th 2018


9249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I am a miss-anthrope through and through after all

Papa Universe
September 9th 2018


19651 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't get up to no miss-chiefs, you chief of missing.

SandwichBubble
September 9th 2018


9249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

HIT ME

BIG HEAD



I should bump this to a 4.5 actually

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2018


9441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^(in)sanity prevails..

GhandhiLion
January 20th 2019


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

More missed reviews by me. sigh

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