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Garden Variety - Knocking the Skill Level (1994, Headhunter/Cargo)

Garden Variety - Knocking the Skill Level (1994, Headhunter/Cargo)

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I've long resisted sharing this beauty, as it's already been made available for the taking on a couple other blogs, but no more.  I relent.  This one is too crucial to keep to myself, not to mention the 90 some-odd percent of you that have yet to be familiarized with it.  The '90s produced no shortage of worthy post-hardcore and "paleo"-emocore conglomerations, but for my money, my ears, and just about everything else I could call my own at the time, no one impressed me more than .  Starting with their Hedge 7" ep in 1991, three unsuspecting gents from Valley Stream, Long Island, NY created the most gnarly noise ever to emanate from the famous sandbar they called home.  In addition to the aforementioned Hedge, Knocking the Skill Level was also preceded by a flabergastingly excellent on Gern Blandsten Records, that's still available in one configuration or another.    

Tastefully groomed on the likes of Jawbox, Drive Like Jehu and Superchunk, Garden Variety came equipped with a wily sense of dynamics, which they brilliantly filtered through a godhead galvanization of dissonance, desperation, and amazingly enough, a healthy dose of melody.  The band roster featured Anthony Roman on the mic and bass, Anthony Rizzo on guitar, and Joe Gorelick on the skins.  Between Roman's scathing, shredded wail, Rizzo's caustic fretboard runs, and a stupendously propulsive backbone in drummer Gorelick, I have yet to find another outfit capable of outdoing Garden Variety's roaring sonic aesthetic.

On Knocking.., the boys cut a cathartic, amped-out swath through anguished, distortion-ridden landscapes, touching upon any raw, exposed nerves in their restless path.  Bear in mind, nothing on this disk come close to approaching something as disgraceful as say, "scream-o," but to this day I'm still stupefied that a power trio who easily approximated the sound of a lineup twice that size could stir up such an unholy raucous.  Yes, the lyrics are oblique and somewhat unintelligible, but the sentiments raised on these songs alone were far more advanced than the work of their peers, not to mention the finely executed song arrangements.  Knocking the Skill Level must be experienced to be believed, and luckily, now you can.  Anthony Roman would go onto far greater renown in , who were something of an update on Gang of Four's funk-informed post-punk, and Joe Gorelick would man the drum kit for Retisonic, who also featured ex-Bluetip frontman Jason Farrell.

If it's more Garden Variety you crave, I'm happy to point you at blog, who have made available a band-curated collection of outtakes and rarities, but be forewarned, it's designed for the devoutly faithful only.

01. In All Respects
02. Harbored
03. Stickler
04. Soft on the Name
05. Parker
06. Chatroom Walkout
07. Room 183
08. Nine Behind You
09. Settling
10. untitled
11. Captain (cleverly titled "Tennille" on vinyl)

http://rapidshare.com/files/434742003/gardenvariety.rar


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