A Bangbus for Jennifer Ayache – Saved By the Glasses (3″ CD-R, Ikebukuro Dada)

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A Bangbus for Jennifer Ayache is a live collaboration between Rotkappchen and Knirschen Knacken. Performed and recorded in Rouen, France, Saved By the Glasses is three tracks of industrial clatter from Knacken with walls of guitar sound and noise from Rotkappchen. The set is relatively short, coming in under the 20 minute mark, but it’s an incredibly noisy experience with really good sound quality for a live set.

First up is the eponymous “Saved By the Glasses”, which begins with a quick grating shriek of feedback before exploding into guitar noise and crashes of cymbal, metal, and anything else the group had lying around. There’s often a real chaotic fit going on on this track, because Rotkappchen takes off with flying fingers on his guitar, creating thick squalls of sound fed through pedals while also maintaining some Boris-like riffing. Knacken is everywhere – smashing metal, scraping, clanging – and it feels like a very improvised, abrasive moment full of energy.

Similar sounds are true for “Jennifer’s Bangbus Adventure” and “The Legend of the Bangbus”. Rotkappchen explores noise with his guitar while Knacken experiments with more industrial noises. “Jennifer’s Bangbus Adventure”, with its sort of rhythm-less design, at times sounds like a traffic jam – honking, siren-like, and jumbled, but always stuck in the same place.  “The Legend of the Bangbus” has a very wall-like quality to it, while feedback and whirring scream out in the background with an eerie tone. At times, it’s difficult to hear Knacken’s percussion on these latter tracks; perhaps he adds to the noise, or maybe it’s drowned out by guitar layerings. It’s difficult to tell, but the industrialism isn’t as clear on the last two tracks as it is on the improvisational “Saved By the Glasses”.

But overall, this is a noisy venture with some energy, harsh noise that emphasizes the harshness of it all. Rotkappchen sounds great on guitar, reaching different noise avenues on each track while still providing a bit of blank drudgery underneath it all with pedal-laden crunch. And Knacken, when his percussion is audible, can be credited with the majority of the chaos heard on Saved By the Glasses – the crash of each cymbal, the scrape of the metal, provides an active sound to the wall’s stasis.

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