I may have had all last week off but I didn’t get through it completely unscathed. After some serious house painting I must have pulled a muscle in my back as most of the week I had a funny little twinge between my shoulder blades. As long as I didn’t turn too quickly left or right I was okay. Then last Friday I woke up with a tickle in my throat that has turned into a full blown head cold. I’m currently in the midst of the worst illness I’ve had in three years. I’m angry. I’m achy. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore! Well, that is until this cold goes away. Until then, I’ll spin some records. What records you ask? Well last week I got my grubby hands a couple gems.
First up is the Cooties S/T by Kreng. I watched the trailer for this horror/comedy a few months ago and thought it looked like it would be worth checking out(as I do enjoy a good horror/comedy.) Mondo announced they were releasing the Kreng curated score on chicken nugget/blood splatter vinyl(you need to see the movie to get the whole chicken nugget thing.) I honestly didn’t know much or anything about the soundtrack, but that color scheme perked my ears up. I clicked on the Soundcloud link Mondo provided on their site to check out what it sounded like and was pleasantly surprised. Heavy synth score with ominous tones and industrial rhythms, I was won over after a couple minutes. I’d never heard of Kreng, but apparently it’s the creation of Belgian-based composer and musician Pepijn Caudron. Initially the project was a sample heavy experiment pulling from dark jazz, electronic, modern classical, and geographical recordings. Caudron then got interested in film scoring. With influences like Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone to Trent Reznor and Brian Reitzell, his score for Cooties definitely pulls from many of those greats. I did end up watching Cooties over my vacation and I really enjoyed it. It was much more lighthearted than I figured it would be, for a movie about a bunch of kids that get infected by a virus that turns them into blood-thirsty monsters after devouring tainted chicken nuggets at school. I’m glad I got to listen to the score independently from the film(it arrived in the mail a week before I watched the flick.) This allowed me to take that amazing score out of the context of the film and truly enjoy what Kreng did. It works great within the confines of the film, but what makes for a truly great horror score is that you can enjoy it on its own, too. I look forward to checking out more from Kreng, aka Pepijn Caudron.
Last Friday was Black Friday. It was also RSD Black Friday. Honestly there was nothing I was that excited about. There was a couple singles, and that NIN singles box set seemed mildly interesting if only for the collector in me. Suffice it to say I bought no Black Friday releases, but I did pick up some records from my local brick and mortar. Mammatus’ Heady Mental(killer psych/space rock from California), the Zombi Anthology record, and a split between Slasher Film Festival Strategy and Antoni Maiovvi. All are great, but that split is pretty stellar.
As I perused the goods on Friday, John at Karma Records of Warsaw told me about this split that was coming in that afternoon. My interest had peaked as I did read about that record on Mondo’s site I think. I told John to hold the other two records and that I’d be back that afternoon for all of them. Once I got home that evening with the goods I put that split on straight away. What a pleasant surprise. I’d heard Maiovvi’s Yellow S/T and had loved it, but I’d never heard SFFS before. Very nuanced heavy synth. Late 70s/early 80s vibe for sure, with a heavy nod to Fabio Frizzi and those synth freaks Nightsatan. I checked out their full-lengths Wet Leather and Crimson Throne and they both have been added to the list of records I need to own. As far as info on the band, all I can find is that SFFS has been around since 1996 or 1997. The music was composed by someone named “C. Ashley” . So maybe it’s one person under a moniker, I don’t know. Seems very vague, and I find it hard to believe that this project has been around for nearly 20 years. What do I know? I’m just the guy lapping up this stuff like a cat to a warm bowl of milk. All I know is that this split was a pleasant surprise. Seems like a real DIY kind of thing, too. The red vinyl was housed in a beautifully hand screen printed card stock sleeve. It’s also an extremely limited number(mine is like 171 out of 221 pressed.) I checked Mondo’s site where I first saw this and apparently this and the clear pressing are both sold out. Very happy to get my hands on this one. Plus, it appears that this is a precursor to the release of Slasher Film Festival Strategy’s first full-length via Death Waltz Originals label. So be on the look out for that one.
Okay. So it’s now officially December 2nd, 2015. I’m now officially 42 years old and I’m still feeling like crap. I’m not even sure if coffee is going to help this crusty sailor today. Oh well, I’ve got some great records to spin and a pretty great group of folks I call my family to spend the date of my birth with.