Tokyo Sex Destruction "Black Noise Is the New Sound!" 2004

Despite wielding a near perfect band name for a group of arch ironists (really, how much further can you deconstruct rock and roll beyond exoticism, sex, and violence?) Tokyo Sex Destruction is serious about its love for '60s music and radical politics. On their 2004 album “Black Noise Is The New Sound!“, Tokyo Sex Destruction played at reckless tempos, with the guitar and the organ at dueling levels of distortion and volume both vying for supremacy.Apparently continuing their willful re-creation of the career path of their beloved MC5 (all of the Spanish four-piece's members adopted the surname Sinclair in honor of MC5 manager/polemicist John Sinclair), Black Noise Is the New Sound! is Back in the USA to Tokyo Sex Destruction's Kick Out the Jams, the raucous and scathingly political Le Red Soul Comunnitte. The songs are more in thrall to MC5's garage rock forebears like the Sonics and the Chocolate Watchband, much as MC5 looked back to '50s rock & roll on their second album. (Actually, the freakbeat homage "Birds on the Velvet Roof" sounds more like an early Move B-side.) And the band's unapologetically leftist politics, though still present on songs like "New Magazines" and "Modern Education," are dialed back considerably from the first album's polemics. This makes Black Noise Is the New Sound! a somewhat more accessible, but no less passionate, piece of garage rock agit-prop. - by Stewart Mason

01 Pills to Wait for the Summer 02 Two Years Ago 03 Birds on the Velvet Roof 04 New Sound (In the Black Noise Religion) 05 Rainy-Day Light 06 Black Cold Heart 07 Bridge 08 New Magazines 09 Modern Education 10 Confuse Me 11 Soul Music Party No. 2

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