Record review: Cop Porn – Vdvbotsex (2011) [Winning Sperm Party]

Playing together for over two years, Keith Smith and John B McKenna have been slowly establishing a name for themselves on the live circuit under a growing array of disguises (Perestroika, Monoganon) but join forces in the form of COP PORN.

 

Having only recently decided to write, record and play some of the “good bits,” they have crafted a series of raucous, lo-fi jams, borne out of improvisation and benefited by slight post-production.

First track, ‘Galactic Acid Jam’, opens with a deluge of drums; overdriven bass beats, feedback and staggered snare hits bump and bang over themselves, eventually pulling together into a slow, dark progression which chaotically builds into something you can only imagine would be performed by the droopyeyed, limbless children Charlie Sheen recently referred to.

‘Socks and Shoes’ hinges around a fantastically quirky guitar line, reminiscent of a youthful Biffy Clyro (circa when they were any good), with chopping and changing parts. Sweet over-dubbed vocal harmonies cut into fast, muted guitar and drums, culminating in a swirl of feedback-heavy noise and staggering drunkenly to a close.

‘Director’s Commentary’ works in much the same way with a rising and falling guitar line, breaking into distortion then swaying itself into a maudlin, muted reverb groove before unchaining itself once again with ever-distant vocals making a fleeting appearance.

Album highlight ‘Clusters’ has a beautiful fluency, providing slight respite from its predecessors with a distinctly sweeter, softer tone. But don’t get too comfortable just yet. The half-heard vocals may echo over a calming wave of guitar but the dangerous power to destroy your ears is always present.

In much the same way ‘Lost the Control’, ‘Shopping’ and ‘Fucking Eyes’ all anchor themselves in the fast punk of yesteryear, supply guitar bends and noodling that can only recall James Iha on impressive form. ‘Dwarfballofshit’ and ‘Cauliflower’ start in oneiric, lo-fi luxury though slowly rise to a devilishly shambolic throng of filth, distortion and desperate vocal bawls.

Album closer ‘Cloud Nine (Bryan’s Theme)’, playfully hangs around a superb, lolloping rhythm, flavoured by the darker stuff this album is made of. As John B McKenna puts it himself, Vdvbotsex is “an incarnation all on its own.”

For more of the same check out the Full Disclosure podcast, available at http://winningspermparty.com/bootlegs

Words: David Browne

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *