Venetian Snares
Winnipeg Is A Frozen Shithole


4.0
excellent

Review

by FlawedPerfection EMERITUS
August 26th, 2006 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Winnipeg, Manitoba must really suck. Taking a look at a general summary of the city, it really is the stereotypical city. The city has 4 major universities, 2 daily newspapers, a historical district including St. Boniface Cathedral, and an international airport. The city boasts (although not lovingly) a huge crime rate, more than double the crime rate in Toronto. Winnipeg produces a music scene, bringing out The Guess Who and Neil Young. A little less known, Aaron Funk, going by the stage name of Venetian Snares, came from Winnipeg, and he is not proud of it. Winnipeg Is a Frozen ***hole, as the title suggests is an album entirely about his hate of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Is a Frozen ***hole is one of Aaron Funk’s most angry and aggressive albums. His mastery of electronic drums and the breakbeat style comes across perfectly in this album. However, looking at a picture of the man, Aaron Funk looks more like a metal guitarist than a breakbeat artist. His long hair goes down past his shoulders in a natural curl that falls down his back in a tangled mess. Funk states he listens to a lot of punk rock and metal music, and that influence comes out in much of his work, especially in his more aggressive work. He obviously keeps up on his metal music, as his remix of The Beginning and the End by Isis appeared on the Oceanic remix album. Despite keeping up in the music scene, Funk averages on about 4 releases a year, most of which being full out LPs. However, his quality never falters. Every release the man releases is full of incredible, complex electronic drumming. He pushes the limit for his contemporaries, taking his music into more complex time signatures and putting the machines on overload, going faster and faster.

This album shows a hate for Winnipeg just in the track titles. Every single song title insults Winnipeg in some way, usually in a profane manner. Funk takes many vocal samples from news broadcasts or just about anything that says “Winnipeg” and either plays them straight or puts all kinds of crazy effects on the voice, giving even humans an electronic style. The vocal samples usually tell some sort of terrible news of Winnipeg, such as one Winnipeg coach accused of sexually assaulting one of his athletes. Others are plain and simple, such as “it’s so cold!” or other simple problems with Winnipeg. However, the vocal samples are only there to add a subject matter to the album, although it comes across as more humorous than angry, which may be the intention. The real showcase is the electronic godliness Aaron Funk produces.

To give a sense of the complexity, the most common time signature on this album is 7/8. Trying to subdivide the rhythms is just plain silly. Most times, it surpasses 64th notes. Every subdivision of every beat contains some sort of drum and they come across the in an organized way. The snare and bass hit in just the right places and somehow manage to lay down a groove even in all this insanity. However, with the use of vocal samples and other humorous sounds, this never tires and sounds like just a bunch of random drum machine hits. Aaron Funk knows how to make the album enjoyable all the way throughout. The most intense of these songs is Die Winnipeg Die Die Die Fuc*ers. The song creeps its way in with high hat clicks before laying down an incredibly complex groove that progressively becomes even more complex yet never loses itself or its cool. The song continues, mostly in 7/8, while other hardly melodic electronica styled keyboard runs gloss overtop. The song closes out on all electronic noises with no drum backing, giving a good chance for resting the mind.

The album also includes the much sparser Winnipeg Is Fuc*ing Over, full of accented bass drum hits. The song, due to its heavy bass drum-centric beats, shows Aaron’s metal influence as well as just about any release of his. Some sections reach a headbanging fest even without major guitar riffage. Winnipeg Is Steven Stapleton’s Armpit is mostly a bunch of delayed vocal samples. It is pretty much filler, but on the album, it serves for a good rest from the rhythmic complexity of the album. Also serving as variety are the last 3 tracks, which are remixes from other contemporaries and friends of Funk. The remixes are much more melodic, making the drums a background entity rather than the main focus. Winnie the Dog Pooh is a much more hip-hop influenced remix, fully loaded with a smart, smooth bassline and grooving drum beat. The vocal samples are quick samples of rappers and just quickly delayed vocals. All in all, Winnipeg Is a Frozen ***hole makes a much more varied and enjoyable release from Venetian Snares. It may serve, for some, as a great introduction to one of the most talented electronic artists out there.

Recommended Tracks:
Winnipeg Is Fuc*ing Over
Die Winnipeg Die Die Die Fuc*ers
Winnie the Dog Pooh (Not Half Remix)



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Bron-Yr-Aur
August 26th 2006


4405 Comments


Good review.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 26th 2006


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hm... looks like they aren't censoring the title.

metallicaman8
August 26th 2006


4677 Comments


I take offence to the title. Being from Canada and all. Although, I've never been to Winnipeg.

Bron-Yr-Aur
August 26th 2006


4405 Comments


Not sure, but I think THIS guy is in fact from Winnipeg. Thus rendering your joke.... lame.

If it wasn't a joke that's even worse.
This Message Edited On 08.26.06

metallicaman8
August 26th 2006


4677 Comments


It wasn't a joke, but alright.

Good review.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 26th 2006


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know... I think the intro might say that it's "this guy" and that yes, he is from Winnipeg.

Bron-Yr-Aur
August 26th 2006


4405 Comments


Skimmed through. My apologies.

Zebra
Moderator
August 26th 2006


2647 Comments


The concept of this album sounds really ridiculous. He's basically dedicating this album to how much he hates Winnipeg, and the song titles are really stupid. That aside I'm really trying to get into these guys, I'll probably download a few tracks and then go from there.
Good job on the review, it wasn't to long and presented a nice amount of information.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 26th 2006


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Zebra]The concept of this album sounds really ridiculous.[/quote]



He has an album dedicated to his cats, too.

Ephemeral
August 26th 2006


144 Comments


rofl @ the tracklist

oh boy

The Jungler
August 26th 2006


4826 Comments


The concept of this album sounds really ridiculous. He's basically dedicating this album to how much he hates Winnipeg, and the song titles are really stupid. That aside I'm really trying to get into these guys, I'll probably download a few tracks and then go from there.

Good job on the review, it wasn't to long and presented a nice amount of information.

This

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 26th 2006


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Despite the weird concept, start with this, it\\\'s a good introduction to his music.This Message Edited On 08.26.06

C20H25N3O
August 26th 2006


583 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm a big Vsnares fan and I always liked this album least.



It's hard to listen to (Even for Vsnares), and it just doesn't do anything different than any other of his albums, I actually think this would scare would be fans away if listened to first. I suggest listening to "Songs about my cats" first. Great Review though. YAAY Vsnares is finally blowing up on MX!!

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 26th 2006


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually it's pretty much just me and Dfel constantly reviewing it, people are taking notice. I don't have Songs About My Cats, so I couldn't say if that's a better introduction.

AlienEater
August 27th 2006


716 Comments


Great album name, VS is whey cool.

Oh yeah, and great review. This Message Edited On 08.27.06

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 27th 2006


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album name is pretty awesome.

AfroMan
August 27th 2006


101 Comments


Venetian Snares are horrible

Good review though

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 27th 2006


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

:eek:



Wow...

AfroMan
August 27th 2006


101 Comments


:O

Wow...

204409
Emeritus
August 27th 2006


3998 Comments


I think you guys are missing the point. This music is instrumental excepting sound clips. It's not like a "winnipeg blowz lol" concept album. It's just for his own fun.



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