Alice Donut “Pure Acid Park” LP

14.00 €

12″ LP

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One of punk rock’s longest running bands has called it quits. After nine years and seven albums, New York’s Alice Donut amicably split up, playing its final show in November. Vocalist Tomas Antona cites financial hardship and a jones to try something new as his reasons for the break up. “After nine years,” he says, “it’s exciting to do a new project.” Though it also features Donut bassist Sissi Schulmeister, Antona’s new band, the Mambo Killers, is a few shades different from his previous outfit. “It’s industrial-mambo-punk, “Antona says. Donut, whose final LP, Pure Acid Park, was released on Alternative Tentacles last year, was, according to Antona, “hanging by the skin of our teeth financially. I couldn’t do (Mambo Killers), Donut and have a job.” Donut drummer Steven Moses is currently working on an avant-garde jazz project, although the other members of the band, guitarists Michael Jung and David Giffen, don’t have any music plans. Releasing its first record, Donut Comes Alive, in 1988, Alice Donut’s out-of-control punk noise, augmented by occasional trombone howls, was a staple of the indie-punk scene for almost a decade. Over the years, Donut lost a guitarist (Richard Marshall) and some of the noise, but gained a stronger sense of melody, best displayed on Pure Acid Park, the band’s most critically acclaimed release. (Ryan, Magnet – March 1996) Tomas Antona told me of this new recording outside an East Village cafe in April. Sans his infamous rain slicker, with bassist/vocalist Sissi Schulmeister, Antona almost slipped by. “Pure Acid Park is the name, and we just finished it,” was the extent of the chat, but at least he wasn’t lying. This latest Alice Donut incorporates ’60s pop-psych, twisted rural instrumentation and a cover of Roxy Erikson’s “I Walked with a Zombie” for a fine, if less abusive, follow-up to Untidy Suicides… Antona’s voice, apparently still flossed with Steven Tyler’s hair extensions, is recognizable like Jello’s though Alice Donut has always managed to philosophize with less pretentiousness. Their music has improved with each recording, revealing teamwork in a Bad News Bears vein. Michael Jung’s Les Paul channels hooks from every Nuggets compilation in the same mystic hiccup as hardcore/metal. Stephen Moses drums like a seasoned cabbie hell-bent on getting through to someplace five minutes ago. Schulmeister manages the first portion of Erikson’s song, and her increased German school girl vocals are welcomed throughout. Martin Bisi produced Pure Acid Park, and while it’s less urbanely thematic than Mule, there’s a strong sense of disgust and humor in the same vein as “Big Ass” or “Mrs. Hayes.” As usual, it’s difficult to separate the innocent from the guilty, but entertaining to try. Stand out tracks include “Millenium,” “Insane,” “The Unspeakable Pleasure of Being Me” and the Erikson cover. Thought I heard a glockenspiel. Swore a toy piano’s unstrung. A slide guitar scares black cats and for the Donutholes who need it, there’s mo’ better blues. A remarkably twisted vision directed toward a future with dotted eyes. Not disappointing, and I hate rock and roll. (Steven Garnett, Ink Nineteen – September 95)

 

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