skronky wankers or wanking skronkers?
This was going to be a poll of some sort about noise bands (inspired by Tina's Lightning Bolt post) but instead I'm just going to talk about one in particular and point you in the direction of some killer vids.
The band in question is Magik Markers.
I'll be honest here. I don't own any of this band's music (though a copy of their new 12" is headed for me right this very minute, so they say!) but I have listened to a few tracks online, and I also have never had the pleasure of seeing this wild bunch perform in person, but rather the majority of my experience with them is through videos I've seen online. From what I can tell, they're one hell of a trainwreck, and I mean that in quite a deceptively sweet way, really.
The drums never fail, always pounding ahead, often fairly 'normal' style, and the bass isn't too far off from what you'd expect from many bands (when she actually plays notes)... but it's the singer/guitarist, Elisa, who is just so far out of her mind that she makes the whole thing worthwhile. She screams and moans and attacks her guitar - I'd hardly call it playing the guitar - and flails around, just a pure force unleashed on stage (really, like down on the floor, not to mention in the crowd half the time, apparently). Here for your enjoyment, a bunch of videos of Magik Markers playing live. Be careful, you might want to wear some heavy duty headgear.
Also here is a review of a recent show they played in Europe.
Does this make you want to see this band? I sure want to. Actually I think I want to JOIN this band. You think I'm kidding.
See and hear lots more crazy ass noise bands at Ecstatic Peace, including every single thing that Thurston Moore touches, which is thusly regarded as art, noise, or music, but never crap.