Friday, September 29, 2006

Captain Barman?

Right now listening to Captain Beefheart's Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller). Now I knew that dEUS's Tom Barman acknowledges him as a major influence. And you hear that in the group's music. But what I didn't know is that he even imitates Beefheart's voice. Sometimes emulation goes way too far. This is one of these times.

Obviously Beefheart's later work is lightyears removed from his early work. Shiny Beast is way more accessible than I expected from listening to Trout mask Replica, which is arguably a brilliant record, but which I've always found difficult to sit through. Next up, his last record before he disappeared into the Mojave desert, Ice Cream for Crow.


Stevie Nixed said...

I think the good and bad thing about dEUS is (or rather was) how much they incorporate/become their influences. I say was because, well, I think the last album lacked that and it also missed *spark*. I can't get over how patchy that last album was. Lyrically it was just extremely bland. But, anyway, yeah, they definitely took a lot from Beefheart (and a gazillion other bands/musicians).

It's also hilarious that I noticed that they made an error in the media in regard to dEUS performing in Antwerp for the first time after 11 years. No fucking WAY, I think it's about 8 years ago. At the Monty. I think. Shit, I'm getting old. :-(

Tal said...

fucking great blog man!
i just found out looking for phantom slasher, nice!!!