The Gerogerigegege
Instruments Disorder


4.5
superb

Review

by DadKungFu STAFF
December 5th, 2023 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ROCK AND ROLL, ONETWOTHREEFOUR

If Lars Von Trier is ultimately an odious shit, he’s also an unparalleled provocateur. The Idiots, a film in which a loose community of people publicly pretend to be mentally handicapped for the sake of the “liberation” it provides them, is a shocking and grotesque dive into the world of consummate provocation, relentless transgression of social boundaries under the cloak of impairment, all for the sake of an idiotic thrill. Moral? No. Cautionary? Maybe. Enjoyable? Ultimately, only for the so-called Idiots, who are the only ones in on the joke.

Someone might accuse the Gerogerigegege of much the same sort of approach to their art. The flouting of all standards of taste, decency or musicality might just be read as an obnoxious literal public wank, a confrontation rooted in pissy misanthropy and mean-spiritedness, akin to G.G. Allin’s grotesque dive into nihilism. And there is a nihilism to the Geros, a dive into fecal excess and a flouting of social boundaries, violently giving the lie to the hollow pretense of decency. But much more than that, more than Allin’s depravity paired with his basic, infantile approach to rock and roll, what the Gerogerigegege managed to do on Instruments Disorder was to elevate, rather than debase their approach to pure, idiot rock and roll by making the music itself the final atom blast, the frenzied tearing to pieces of Rock itself.

It’s a pure, distilled and beautiful iteration of rock, noise, noise-rock, etc., an album that poses an answer to the question, “What if rock music was exactly what suburban 50s dad’s feared it was?” And rock music being what it is, the Gerogerigegege were able to derive three releases’ worth of material around this theme, and hell, could have made it their entire career of it if their performance-art transgression-fetishist sensibilities hadn’t kept them on the straight and narrow path of an unrelenting orgy of artistic originality for the rest of their career. You listen to a grand 15 seconds of Instruments Disorder and you know exactly what to expect for the rest of it. Juntaro shrieks the song’s title in the most broken English possible before launching into a 4 count atop a mountain of feedback bolstered by the absolute stupidest sounding snare drum of all time, a series of spastic blasts directly to the back of the head, the experience of the proverbial frog in the blender. And that’s it. That’s the entire album, with precious little variation beyond the song titles and the occasional half-tempo drumbeat.

It was tough to let this work its idiot seduction on me at first; there’s a fear that diving into this with a barefaced appreciation is going to wind you up in the pretentious fart sniffer camp for life. Ironic, because Instruments Disorder is possibly the farthest you could possibly get from an actual pretentious work. But to paraphrase Kurt Cobain: “I don’t think Jandek’s music is pretentious, but I think pretentious people listen to Jandek". Fuckin' A though, if you’re diving into this because of some elitist tendency to dig up ultra-extreme underground music for street cred, or some irony-poisoned meme reason or other, you’re doing it precisely wrong and wasting your life on the emptiest sort of posturing one can engage in. If you go into this because you have the urge to howl like a lunatic into the staid face of structure for a bit, because you just want to hear a snare drum repeatedly exploding for 40 minutes, because you deep down in your soul love rock and roll and just want that at its absolute sensory maximum, then God bless. At the end of this thing, I’m borderline exhausted and nearly giddy with the endless thrill of it all. Far from being the obnoxious misanthropes of the Lars Von Trier film, the Gerogerigegege is more than happy to let us in on their antics, to make us complicit in their desire to push art to its limits. I’m just happy that I can have so much fun doing it.



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SomeCallMeTim
December 5th 2023


4358 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

GREAT REVIEW. Thank you for giving me a place that isn't the sound-off page to sing my praises for this masterpiece. It's 2023, lets make this album enter the top 40 charts

also def check out other projects the drummer has worked on, like Ruins for example

DadKungFu
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2023


5085 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There is some seriously undeserved hate ratings for a lot of really classic noise on this site, time to be the change

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2023


61275 Comments


This is bigboi Yellow Trash Bazooka? Been meaning to get to this, lfg

xxm
December 5th 2023


257 Comments


Another perfect review from DKF. Nice work as usual.

kildare
December 5th 2023


374 Comments


Great review. It convinced me to find it on YouTube and check it out, but I admit I couldn't get very far. Just out of curiosity 'cuz I'm not getting a ping from it: How do ya'll listen to Noise? As ambient background? Or contemplate it, like an audio version of abstract art? Or listen to it socially, like, as a talk piece with friends?

Also, The Gerogerigegege doesn't have an "Industrial" tag, but it seems to me it could be classed with original industrial bands like Einsturzende Neubauten. No?

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2023


10308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Heck yes perfect album lemme read your words

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2023


10308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Perfect review too damn the frenzied tearing to pieces of Rock itself is true!



You are missing an end quotation mark from your cobain quote otherwise this is literally perfect words pos

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2023


10308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@kildare I’m no noise expert but this is far away from what to expect from the genre (harsh noise, or most noise rock tbf). This album is dumb nonsense. Most noise I think benefits from that weird meditative headspace of attentive inattention which sounds more pretentious than I think (hope) that it is. This doesn’t benefit from that headspace - are you an idiot that wanna hear another idiot yell 1234 1234 into the void plus snare tone then this is for you.

DadKungFu
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2023


5085 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kildare! Always nice to see you. Most noise I listen to the same as other music, esp. when it focuses on shifting sounds and textures and organization and space. This, I just chew on tinfoil and headbang

kildare
December 6th 2023


374 Comments


"Weird meditative headspace of attentive inattention" -- I don't know the Noise genre, but that's a near perfect descriptor of Skinny Puppy's track "Download," which is very weird and noisy and spacey, so maybe I get it for general Noise, if not this specific (lunatic) album

Good to read a DadKungFu review, DadKungFu! I like the sound of the headbanging, but I guess I don't get the appeal of chewing tinfoil. Maybe I'll give it another try sometime, after I recover from Instruments Disorder

bellovddd
December 7th 2023


6585 Comments


sounds juicy!

Winesburgohio
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2023


4074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wonderful! Album had no right to go as hard as it is and is essentially ready for the club

SomeCallMeTim
December 8th 2023


4358 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this is what my partner thinks I will play whenever I get the aux cable

DadKungFu
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2024


5085 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

BONGBONGBONGBONGBONGBONG

DadKungFu
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2024


5085 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great for spicing up your drive-time commute or giving some flair to a backyard grill session or even setting the mood with that special someone

SomeCallMeTim
June 20th 2024


4358 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I love driving with the windows down while blaring this



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