What’s that? Another excellent stoner noise band from Europe? By now you really shouldn’t be surprised.
30,000 Monkies are an experimental stoner noise quartet from Beringen, Belgium. Their first release, “Womb Eater Wife Beater” was released in September of last year and is actually on of the most refreshing things to grace my earholes in quite some time. While the description of “experimental stoner noise” may sound like a recipe for disaster to some, I’ll just point at the Melvins and leave it it at that shall I?
The EP opens with “特別攻撃隊”, which according to Google, means “Special Attack Ji Team”. Now I have absolutely no idea what that means except that its a fuzz drenched opener with plenty of grooves to go around. It balances between noise rock aggression and stoner riffs without completely loosing the identity of either. A long distorted fade out leads into “Loris’ Terrify Lab” which is where shit really starts to get weird.
A muted howling guitar backs nonsensical lyrics that seem to be produced by a meth-infused demon version of Alvin and the Chipmunks. You suddenly realize that the creepy faces on the cover aren’t just an eye grabber, it reflects the level of slight insanity contained in the music. A fatter riffs kicks its way to the front to signal the start of an equally nonsensical gang chorus that turns this from creepy, to creepy and catchy. Another stained guitar howl builds into a distorted mass of instruments plucked firmly from the experimental side of the spectrum.
“Wardimir” is another LSD fueled step into madness, with a repetitive riff section providing the canvas for a stumbling guitar solo along with a much deeper and more terrifying vocal score. You soon realize that you are in the depths of a mad dream and that there is no escape, your resistance is futile. “Stab You Elf” continues with the building psychotic episode, as the more mellow riffs weave together with off camber solo’s to only hasten your slip into madness. The track closes with what sounds like a small firework being thrown into a barrel or the silenced howls of the damned that wandered the streets, unknown to the masses that walk them everyday.
“Plumbing on Steroids” is the epic of the collection, clocking in at just over 13 minutes. As this track slowly thunders to life, that LSD tab you took hours ago has finally taken full hold of your mind and body. The crawling pace is punctuated by a warbling guitar drone and the odd burst of tormented screams. The slow monotony gradually builds into a crushing crescendo of what could be instruments, or possibly chainsaws, either way it serves it’s purpose as a jarring removal from what had previously seemed like a safe musical home.
“Womb Eater Wife Beater” is an excellent example of what a strong Melvins influence and a bucketful of LSD can do for a band, generate something as discomforting as it is enthralling. The EP is up for a name your price option on Bandcamp and I highly suggest you pick this up, like yesterday.