Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cassette Review: Body Shame "Open Sores" (SDM Records)

The name Body Shame makes me think of high school.   You know how I know you were likely awkward and weird in high school?   Because I feel like everyone thought that way about themselves.   It's like when you have this geeky looking kid and the girl of his dreams together and he says to her "But what do you have to dislike about your body?"   Growing up, I was made fun of for being tall and skinny (Think of Bill from "Freaks and Geeks"), but I don't feel like anyone is really comfortable with their body.   We all have things we wish we could change about it.

I immediately enjoy the song title "bbw ffm pov".    It's something I would likely click on, but it's also some other type of way to feel because sometimes you might just feel like you're suffocating.     These deep sort of bumps are what start this cassette and it sounds like the intro to Samoa Joe's WWE theme music.   Lasers sound like birds and there are sort of vocals in here as well.    Space chaos is the best way to describe this one overall I'd say.   It's static, synth, beeping, lasers, radio frequency changes and mostly instrumental.   It's as much the industrial vibe of Nine Inch Nails as it is R2D2's beeps and whirrs.

Trying to relate this to the artist name Body Shame doesn't really work.   I wanted to convey some profound connection between the two, but this is much more like a sci-fi movie, perhaps in space, and there are hints of video game sounds in it as well.    It could even be something like let's say "Flash Gordon" meets "Godzilla" (in space, obviously) but with this being the soundtrack to an Atari 2600 video game version based on the movie.

Regardless of how you feel about your body, this music is great.   It's somewhere between Boar and something else I can't quite put my finger on exactly.   At the same time, if this does open up discussion about body images and all of that (As I hope the title of the first track might) then I'm all for it as well.

$5 // Edition of 50 // https://sdmpdx.bandcamp.com/album/body-shame-open-sores-sdm-039

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