ALBUM DAFT RELEASE: OCTOBER 1, 1999 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 29, 1999
I love noisy music. Be it the guitar feedback on The Jesus and Mary Chain's
"Psychocandy", Einstürzende Neubauten's metal percussion and power drills or
EC8OR's Amiga trash. It's all seminal. But what all these artists have in
common is that song strucutures always can be found somewhere in the
dissonance. Sometimes listening to pure, fierceful noise, without any tunes
at all, can also be a thrilling experience - with Atari Teenage Riot sampler
player Nic Endo's 1998 "White Heat" EP being one of my favourites of the
kind - but mostly it feels like the noise needs to be accompanied by some
sort of melodies.
That's why I can't really get a grip on bands like Sigillum S. The Italian
duo probably regard themselves as very avant garde and courageous, but the
fact is that this kind of music has been made for over two decades, and
Sigillum S hardly bring any new blood to the genre. It's all low frequency
bass, primitive hisses and "dark" moods. And well, yes, they do have some
tunes, but I'd like to see more of them.
Like so many others, they
never find the raw sensitivity and brutal beauty of early Throbbing Gristle,
or the nerve shattering tension of some Japanese noise artists. And it's
really not very brave or provocative making this kind of music these days -
I'd be much more impressed if they would have dared throwing in a pop
chorus. Then we could have talked about innovation.
Sigillum S have been around since 1985 and I do appreciate their persistance
and their anarchic avoidance of structures. I just wish they would lighten
up their dead serious attitude and begin to make music that is able to give
me other feelings than a slight ache in my temples.