Bread Money / Blood Money

by The Noriegas

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Side A: Tracks 1-6
Side B: Tracks 7-15

Blown out live recordings and aural assaults from Hunters Point and KZSU.

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released October 15, 2014

The Noriegas were on these recordings:
Argyris, Adam, Andy, Andrew, Yorgos, Emmerich, Jeremy, Yiannis and Kremit. The Noriegas were possibly joined by Diego and Noah.

Recordings by Andy, Andrew, and Smurph.
Mixed by Andrew.
Art/Layout by Andrew.
Special thanks to Smurph, Will, Jin, KZSU, Aquarius Records

Aquarius Records review (Oct 2014):

First release from this local band of psychedelic noise makers, featuring former aQ-er Andrew Brush, who was the mastermind behind blackened shoegaze noise pop weirdos the Mausoleums (the first Mausoleums cd-r has now been reissued on cassette, and can be found elsewhere on this week's list) and runs the Chaos Of The Stars cassette label.

Bread Money / Blood Money is a sprawling double album of murky distorted psychedelic jammage that sounds a bit like a twisted, extremely low fidelity mix of the Velvet Underground and Japanese psych legends Les Rallizes Denudes, the tracks are extended sprawls of minimal psych, minimal in arrangement and structure at least, but maximal in volume and intensity, the sound as much about the super distorted, blown out, in-the-red recording as the music itself, the group locking into almost bvnkvrfvnk style grooves (and yeah, at times it sounds a bit like a wilder, woolier German Oak), each track essentially a single part, looped and layered and repeated, a hard psych sonic mantra, stretched out into infinity, and like some of our favorite psych records, we can only assume that these tracks are just edits of much longer jams, as they often cut out abruptly, and start the same way, as if someone just remembered mid jam that they should push record on the tape machine. There also seems to be sax in there too, but buried in the mix, and essentially playing the part of another buzzy, droning layer. It's heady, heavy stuff, psych obsessives will be in heaven, and while the sound here is much more raw and lo-fi, anyone into the current crop of spaced out psych combos, The Heads, Carlton Melton, White Hills, Burnt Hills, 3 Leafs, Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound, etc. will likely dig big time as well!

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