Slicing Grandpa – “Chaos Midnight” 10″ (2007)

Slicing Grandpa are a noise/no-fi band based in Seattle. Somehow a copy of their 2006 10″ Chaos Midnight found its way to my local used record shop, Vortex. I’m thinking it probably came in as part of the radio DJ collection that yielded some great Throbbing Gristle finds for me a while back, stuff that falls pretty well outside the norm of what I generally find at Vortex.

Slicing Grandpa was formed in 1993, though most of their recorded output seems to be from 2003 forward, with most of their material coming out in the 2003 to 2012 period. Chaos Midnight, in a hand-numbered limited edition of 334, was spewed forth into the world in 2006, right in the middle of their most prolific period. The music is noise with elements of industrial. Structurally it feels chaotic, though my subconscious tells me there’s some semblance of loose structure in how the songs are conjured into existence, a sort of undercurrent of psych that plays around on the edges of my mind.

Chaos Midnight isn’t good times music. It’s not the kind of thing you’re going to put on as dinner music, or when making the moves on that certain someone you’re interested in. It’s not going to make you feel good, but it will definitely make you feel something, and if that’s not the point of art, I don’t know what is.