Flab Fjord (2013)
I've said it many times in the past, if you send me an album to review I will eventually get to it. Especially if it is on vinyl. There have been a few over the years that I've just dragged my feet getting around to and Braniac Handsome is one of those records. It was sent to me a few months ago and I just couldn't get motivated to write about it. Since it originally came out back in 2013, there didn't seem to be a real rush on a timely write up.
I'm not entirely sure what lead JJCNV to my website. I wish I knew what reviews I've written in the past that made someone think I would like this. Sure, I have a definite affinity for 90's sounding music, but I can't really think of bands similar to these guys that I've positively reviewed in the past.
Well, to try to get to the point, JJCNV is playing a very sludgy, dark strain of Melvins style rock and roll. There's a good amount of shouting and noise, but to the band's credit the alternating male/female vocals and the fact that they're not afraid to slow things down every once in a while gives Braniac Handsome and more dynamic feel than I would have expected. Additionally, it seems like the band isn't afraid to be a bit wacky every so often. I give kudos to that as well.
What it really boils down to for me is that I really don't like this sort of thing. The deep, distorted bass, the AmRep guitar howl and all of the yelling is just not my cup of tea. If that is yours, it may be worth checking these guys out. I personally can't see myself listening to this again.
JJCNV - Braniac Handsome LP: