Zone Tripper - Self Titled [Forever Escaping Boredom - 2012]Zone Tripper is an American harsh noise band, featuring members of other nicely named projects like Vasectomy Party or Rectal Hygienics.
This self titled tape released by Forever Escaping Boredom is the first material of theirs I happen to listen to and I must say I'm positively impressed. Their music is a solid and interesting mix of pure harsh noise and power electronics with the welcome addition of bizarre sci-fi undertones, so it's right up my alley.
Both of the compositions featured on the tape, "Glass Flats, Dune Seas" and "Resurrection Of The Rusting Corpse", show a vast array of harsh noise crunches, sputters, feedbacks, hisses and crackles, classic American p.e. synth pulses and distorted vocals, topped by funny/bleak samples from post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies. Definitely a good soundtrack for a warped and stupid nuclear fallout. All the elements blend together really well and Zone Tripper manage to sound like a proper "band". I'm not sure if this material is taken from actual band sessions or if Zone Tripper is just a mail collaboration (members come from Florida, Chicago and Philadelphia so this could be the most logic process), but either way I think this is quite an accomplishment that's not so easily obtained in this reviled genre of music.
The cheesy sci-fi VHS feeling of the artwork put me off at first but it works pretty well, it's coherent with the contents of the tape and at least sets Zone Tripper apart from the masses.
In conclusion I sincerely recommend this C32 tape to all lovers of good American harsh noise - it's a product of love and skill.Nicola Vinciguerra