Ausmuteants : Ausmuteants
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Ausmuteants : Ausmuteants

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Ah, the jagged, dulcet tones of adolescence. A time of taking risks, of dismissing authority, of flinging the envelope of social expectation into the cesspit of indifference. Neurologists assert that the adolescent brain is too immature to manage the risks of life – it’s for this reason that safety campaigns must necessarily contain confronting images to provoke the lazy cognitive system into some form of conscious recognition.

But without such a latent neurological context, would we have ever had The Stooges, The Missing Links or even The Rolling Stones? Just as necessity is the mother of invention, so is juvenile nihilism the midwife of the arresting artistic statement. And into that time-honoured world now comes Ausmuteants. Located on some unsealed backroad between The Stooges and Devo, Ausmuteants is a record that lives in the moment, whether it’s good, bad or just really shitty.

On Bad Day it’s been a bad day all day, a bad week all week and a bad month all month – what are you going to do about it apart from drink beer and play loud music? Daylight Robbery takes new wave punk into the realm of Eddy Current’s Insufficient FundsTinnitus is romantic commentary with the subtlety of The Ooga Boogas and No Motivation is the soundtrack for a career on the brown couch of any suburban sharehouse. 

Hate This Town is just so pissed off with the trappings of regional existence it almost couldn’t give a flying fuck; Pissing In Two Streams is the urological equivalent of the prisoner’s dilemma and a helluva lot more fun to boot. Kicked in the Head By A Force is Mudhoney running around the farm with the Cosmic Psychos, Stepped In Shit could be a metaphor for broader social faux pas and Flushing Problems should be used by a national men’s health campaign. Inducing Instinct is dumb and fun; Piss Myself Twice revisits the most embarrassing of school moments and revels in the catharsis of the event – twice. This record is pretty fucked up, and that’s exactly why it’s so fucking good.

 

BY PATRICK EMERY

 

Best Track: Bad Day
If You Like These, You’ll Like This: DEVO, THE STOOGES, MODERN LOVERS, OOGA BOOGAS, FLOCK OF SEAGULLS

In A Word: Adolescent