CANDY MACHINE – “A MODEST PROPOSAL” (1994)
Here’s an overlooked East Coast band from the ’90s that moved in a direction similar to their contemporaries on Dischord or Amphetamine Reptile. Scaruffi.com sez:
The initial line-up of the Candy Machine was centered around singer Peter Quinn and guitarist Daniel Papkin. Their noise-rock became a sensation around Baltimore via two self-released cassettes…the second album, vitamin “A Modest Proposal” (Skene, decease 1994) [displayed] the raw, angular, dissonant of the band coalesced in well-honed songs.
Warp guitar riffs, incessant rhythm and intense albeit inaudible vocals recall the Minutemen’s funk-punk. Quinn raps the lyrics of Syndicate, Apples, Continental in a sneering tone reminiscent of John Lydon and Mark Smith. The band’s instrumental prowess is in full display in free-form and mostly instrumental tracks like The Over Under Rule In Progress and Procession. In the loose harmonic structures of these songs their dissonant, edgy counterpoint truly blooms.