Scrambled Eggs: Nevermind Where, Just Drive (Those Kids Must Choke, 2005)
A couple of guitar power chords crack down after one last breath, as if to announce a welcome intermission, a few instants of respite amidst the ambient surge of noise…
This relatively short release (Scrambled Eggs’s third…) consists of a suite of sketches, aborted song intros, and abstract song structures, and was recorded and mixed in December 2004 in the band’s hometown of Beirut. The album’s dramatic noise collages seem decisively divorced from any specific regional or cultural origins.
The foursome combines trash noise guitars, electronics and tape machines, backed by bass and drums, and engulfed by a thick sheath of maximalist distortion. The result can be steadily hypnotic at times, and volatile, mirage-like, at others.
Including guitar-generated pulses and drones and sudden jumps in volume and intensity, the album represents an uncompromising sound, the latter shifting restlessly between moods and arrangements, never settling into anything resembling a comfortable groove, but opting for an episodic series of compressed but intense tableaux.