OPPONENTS are, quite simply, one of a small handful of bands creating at the very forefront of contemporary electronics, making music that can't be easily defined (or dismissed) as "noise," "psychedelia" or "PE." Things are mushing together in gloriously appreciable ways, and OPPONENTS are a project currently operating at peak power. Their CDr on Obsolete Units, I Swarm With a Thousand Bees, is a killer-diller of analog whips, waves and pulsations, and heaven forbid, there's actually a melodic, or perhaps tonal, base to it all as well; beats too. Whup-whup-whup-whup-screeeeeeeeeeee.
OPPONENTS are early Kluster/Cluster through a grimy, Brooklyn-bloc filter. And as compelling as the new CD is, OPPONENTS' as-yet-unreleased jams continue to explore new territory that layers scary, modern, spiky punch atop Berlin-school throbs and mid-80s-style industrial maneuvers.
Check this shit out, from 2008 ---
OPPONENTS' appearance on My Castle of Quiet radio is greatly anticipated by yours truly, as I've been following these guys closely for the last year, and marked their compelling progress. They're also the perfect band to cap off a year of Castle broadcasts in east-coast prime time (the Castle moves to Thursday midnights next week; more on that in an upcoming post), as in their sound OPPONENTS combine the "hard" and the "creepy" aspects of what I've tried to convey on the radio, with the sometimes transcendent, cosmic beatification that the program encompasses as well. The high-minded esotericism and the calloused, angry fist in a single presentation. If you dig the Castle, you'll dig OPPONENTS.
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