SIDCA – Jizz Crate [Album Review]

SIDCA - Jizz CrateThis was initially just going to be me telling you why you should go and pre-order this tape based on the pleasure of hearing the preview track, but I have now been very fortunate enough to listen to the entire thing (including the tracks exclusive to the physical cassette release). And now you have to believe me when I tell you to bust out a couple of quid on this beast.

So what am I pressuring you into here? All kinds of beauty, that’s for sure. For one it’s the first proper release from Scottish label, Sharted Jeggings, which you would need to lack any personality whatsoever to ignore. If that didn’t make your hand slide down to your nether regions, just look at the album title; who doesn’t want some Jizz Crate?

New pet names for your loved ones aside, SIDCA are a band who defy more genres than any band I have ever listened to before. Most easily labelled as Experimental Noise, arranged into an absurd fashion guaranteed to confuse more ears than please, SIDCA are the kind of band that I am starting to favour writing for. It was either listen to this a few times or listen to some drab American Indie bands trying to be British Indie bands in attempt to write up a handful reviews with the same overarching opinions worded to sound completely different from one another. And that’s not a fun hobby.

So, to the music. If you were to skip through select tracks to decide whether it’s worth your time or money, all you would hear is an unlistenable distorted wreck. If you actually persevere with one entire play through, you discover that you have been treated to an extremely creative album. Not like serious Mars Volta creative, mind you. At least I don’t recall them singing about the joys of taking a shit outdoors.

What you do get are endless atypical structures, some kick ass bass lines and a selection of unique tracks to break a huge hole into you usual listening experience. As erratic as it may be at a glance, there is plenty to enjoy, such as the underlying melodies of IDDD or the loud, frantic guitars of Spikey Sea.

As mentioned, there are some tracks that are exclusive to the cassette release. Are they worth paying extra for? Fuck yes. Who doesn’t want a song about bum faced robots, or a nice reprise of Outdoor Shite, which makes for a nice family campfire sing-along.

To say Jizz Crate sells itself is one thing, but this is the kind of release that you will end up selling yourself to instead (don’t ask what that means, I’m just running with it). Where there is music that is difficult to listen to purely because the artist is trying to achieve something but absolutely awful at it, SIDCA are doing their own thing fantastically well, it’s just that their own thing is going to be an awful thing to a lot of people. But that shouldn’t put you off. If you want music that pushes every boundary set and runs wild with every instrument and sound the creative hands are laid on to, then Jizz Crate is something to pummel yourself into. Equally if you just want something fucking weird and bizarre, then as above.

Rating: Just check it out already

Jake Hancke – 28/02/2018

Jizz Crate is available digitally and on cassette via Sharted Jeggings.

You can find more on SIDCA via Facebook.

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