There should be a natural law which states that the more digital disillusionment permeates a given area, the greater and more proficient its experimental noise output will be. For more than a decade, Japan has led the world in abstract musical exports thanks to artists such as Ruins and Merzbow. In this realm, Tokyo's Melt-Banana tends to lean more toward the Boredoms than Boris, condensing a media-saturated culture into minute-long blasts of erratic tech-punk led by vocalist Yasuko O. who speaks, squeaks and creaks foreign observations like Alvin and the Chipmunks on acid. The group cut... More >>>