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.
DOG FACED HERMANS – “HUM OF LIFE” (1993)
Dog Faced Hermans were a Scottish band that rode the line of polyrhythmic post-punk bands such as The Ex (whom their guitar player later joined after DFH broke up), but were also influenced in equal measure by cats like Ornette Coleman. “Hum of Life”, one of their final efforts, marks the turning point between post-punk slashy guitar style, and a more global influence (African rhythms and jazz trumpet lines).