VRKTM – Excess / Defect

VRKTM – Excess / Defect (Noise Pollution) 2007. Another goodie that I recently received from Noise Pollution Records was the new CD by another cool band from Louisville, KY named VRKTM. . They were initially formed by Jason Lowenstein from Sebadoh along with Jason Hayden and Dave Bird, who both played with Will Oldham, in 2000. Initially they were called Verktum but after a shitload of line-up changes, they decided to remove the vowels from their name.

Makes total sense doesn’t it?

As for the music…its some seriously wacky shit. There’s a twin guitar attack thing going on here but not in the classical sense. VRKTM prefer to play with no distortion and the best word I could possibly use to describe the sound is noodly.

Lyrically, VRKTM is pretty out there as well. I have been listening to this CD for about two weeks and I’ll be damned if I can explain what the fuck vocalist Darren Rappa is talking about.

I hear some math rock in all of this which isn’t surprising. The shadow of Slint hangs heavy in these here parts. In a moment of clarity during the song Common Blood, I heard some Dinosaur Jr. Most of all, with the clean guitars and the offbeat lyrics, I hear the Louisville sound. Which is weird because 2 months ago, I didn’t know there was a Louisville sound. Unbeknownst to me, I have become a connoisseur.

So if ya got a couple of bucks, check out Excess/Defect by VRKTM. Better yet, go see them if they come to a town near you. They have a MySpace here where you can read up on them.

VRKTM – Excess / Defect

The Sphere Of Action
Subway Style
Sword And Fire
Vivian Girls
Florida Son
Skull Mountain
Black Jasmine
Damage Control
Memory Foam Pillow
Common Blood
Epicure Detest

Oh….and I just got a ton of old Your Food stuff in the mail as well, so expect more Louisville posts in the near future. I’ve also noticed other Louisville treasures popping up on the blogosphere since my review of Bold Beginnings….which is a good thing.

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6 Responses to VRKTM – Excess / Defect

  1. MRow says:

    These guys sound really fine. And noodly sounds totally righteous when it’s anchored by this strong a rhythm section.

  2. Joe Stumble says:

    I probably should clarify…by noodly I don’t mean “Grateful Dead Jamband Noodly”. I mean “macaroni and cheese noodly”.

  3. MRow says:

    Oh. Here, I was hoping the whole shebang would sound like SHELLAC playing Terrapin Station.

  4. Joe Stumble says:

    shit, dude…in a way it kinda does!

  5. Anonymous says:

    You have to post a full rip of the Your Food LP. HAVE TO.


  6. Erich says:

    This took my by surprise. Frigging macaronically good!

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