This was more of a novelty purchase than any sort of essential buy, but Melt Banana's initial t. is a pretty wild, ultra-fast 3-song collection. At 5 and a half-minutes, it's one of the most fun avant-punk releases I've heard, as it boasts the band's musical complexity while delivering it as rapid hardcore extreme. Melt Banana get into such a groove, the onslaught of hyper-percussion and serrated six-string sort of leaves you saying, "What the fuck was that?" But, you play it again. And, again. There are worse things you can do with 5 minutes.
initial t. is also available on varying colors of 7" vinyl. I have to admit the 3" mini-disc is impractical for me, as it neither works in a laptop or plays in the carrousel CD component for my stereo. I didn't think the purchase through, but I dig the package.
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