Devil Between My Toes
(1987, Schwa Records)
Crux- 2 Ultra-lo-fi sounding instrumental surf rocker. The drums genuinely sound like a spoon hitting tissue paper. Why is this a song?
A Portrait Destroyed by Fire- 1 The long one on the record! Starts off sounding like something in between Slint and Jandek. The track does eventually kick in, but who cares at that point? Continues on sounding like bad Joy Division and middle school jam metal.
3 Year Old Man- 1 Reverbed dueling guitars. One seems to be playing Galaxie 500 type stuff, the other producing some seriously downtrodden doom. Baffling.
Dog’s Out- 3 After 2 instrumentals and a painfully long song, Pollard finally starts singing again. Multi-layered chorus. This song teeters on the brink of being a tame cock-rocker and joyfully catchy, Beatles tribute. Also baffling, but on the much more enjoyable side.
A Proud and Booming Industry- 1 Guitar drones taped on a boombox? Yup, pretty much. Cool title falls flat due to waste of record space.
Artboat- 1 Return of the reverb guitar. More senseless, demonic noodling, and droning with no directing. Third instrumental of the album. If this is what an Artboat(?) is, I’d rather swim.
Bread Alone- 2 Yup, instrumental number four. Gets a 2 for not being as unlistenable as the last two instrumentals before this. Songs like this are perfect examples of how to turn a decent EP in to a pretty confusing album.