England's finest exponents of rather silly electronic music unleash their debut album...
Marcus Scott 2002
Wevie Stonder leave no stone unturned and visa-versa on this surreal musical nugget; Drawing on Other People's Heads is their first full length foray on Manchester England's covert collective, Skam Records.
Now there isn't alot of humour in the normally pofaced world of experimental music, so it's a pleasure that Wevie Stonder have done this and even better that they have produced a genuinely funny album with err... interesting music to boot.
The humour of the album compares most easily to the sly parodies of the American band Ween who have made a lengthy career ridiculing pop music's ability to take itself woefully seriously. It also recalls the subversive wit of the infamous Chris Morris.
The music is well produced and just on the wrong side of tasteful; bad jazz, out of tune guitar solos, noises that dont fit in; they've all come here to reach their full potential.
"Und"starts with some over the top jazz fusion bass guitar before lurching into an unsteady jazz loop with two voices reeling of a list of disassociated people or things over the top; it's an odd start but just what is needed to proceed the mayhem of the rest of the album.
On "Cowboys" a man splutters rhythmically as if he is eating a hot potato and being tickled whilst trying to rap, underpinned by a queasy reproduction of the famous 'Stalag' rhythm from 80s dancehall.
Later a Richard Attenborough voice tells a nonsensical story about baboons ("Quest of the Sacred Baboon")that ends with the sound of drilling which had me thinking for a minute that the neighbours were doing a bit of loud late night DIY.
"Guidos Alphabet Garden" features the voice of a man reading the alphabet in a silly voice over some tense strings in a parody of Boards of Canada and"Chubb Rock"features screaming and dumb, clumsy lo-fi bass line doing the same for Bogdan Raczynski.
It's a fitting tonic for when things get too serious; Drawing on Other Peoples Heads is seriously funny.