Hantarash - Web Wig
New Discovery. I was reading up on Mike Patton’s ‘Adult Themes for Voice’, an almost unlistenable and fantastic album of Patton making random noises in hotel rooms during a tour, and I found he was influenced by Hantarash’s album, 'IV aka AIDS - a - Delic’.
So, I grabbed it,and I present it here for your… um… listening pleasure.
Hantarash were formed in Japan under the name Hantarashi in 1984, and they released a series of very intense and almost unlistenable albums.
They became known for their use of power tools and random noises in recordings and live shows. Audience members had to sign waivers to show they understood there was a very real risk of serious injury. They were banned from most venues due to their destructive tendancies, including driving a bulldozer through a venue wall to reach the stage, and strapping various power tools to their bodies, and even sawing a dead cat in half.
The above song is from 'IV aka AIDS - a - Delic’, and is pretty much the most listenable thing on the album.
Despite the complete noise and chaos, I quite like the album. I don’t think I will be sticking it on during sexy tiems and at parties, but there is a certain charm, and I will be checking out more. I’d like to hear some of their more…. coherent moments.
Below are a couple of photos from the Bulldozer gig. They do look utterly terrifying.
For any fans of avant-garde, fucked up noise, you’ll seriously enjoy this. Actually, enjoy is the wrong word. But you’ll get what I mean when you hear it.