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Mikey Erg

Mikey Erg: Fucifier [flexi-disc]Fucifier [flexi-disc] (2012)
Bloated Kat Records/John Wilke

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Contributed by: MisterCarnivoreMisterCarnivore
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It seems Mr. Erg's more recent allies in Star Fucking Hipsters have convinced him it's okay to be angry sometimes. But while Stza and the crew may be angry at the government and cops and... the government and cops, it seems that Mikey Erg is just pissed in general. This was his direct statement abou.


It seems Mr. Erg's more recent allies in Star Fucking Hipsters have convinced him it's okay to be angry sometimes. But while Stza and the crew may be angry at the government and cops and... the government and cops, it seems that Mikey Erg is just pissed in general. This was his direct statement about the album two days before he recorded it:

"I haven't written the songs yet... But I know who I'm pissed off at."

So it seems as this record serves as a sort of therapy to Mikey to release some pent up aggression he's been feeling about... stuff. The album just kind of screams and flails its arms about in a frenzy trying to smack anything that gets too close. There's no real direct target that Erg is trying to attack and occasionally his frenzied shouts deteriorate into primal grunts and yells with no actual words being uttered. As for the music itself it's five thirty-second fast, manic, thrashy bursts of hardcore with no breaks or signs of slowing down with the exception of a bridge in the last song. It's the equivalent of a speeding car burning down a highway, slowing down for just a second before blasting through a guardrail.

While he pulls off being thrashy and manic rather well, ultimately there is nothing memorable about any of these songs. If someone told me to listen to this without revealing the artist, Mikey Erg or anything Mikey Erg-related would be the last thing that would come to mind and thoughts of contemplating locking said person in a similar speeding car would follow. There is no semblance of any of the songwriting traits Mikey has shown before and combined with his statement it's embarrassingly obvious he just threw these songs together and shipped them off for press. The songs aren't bad or offensive, unless you dislike loud music of course... which kind of makes me wonder why you're here if you don't, but there is nothing special at all about any of them and it's safe to consider them all fairly.

If you're in the mood for some fast and angry music right this second then you might as well give this a listen as it's fresh in your mind. Otherwise don't bother as you'll probably forget this record exists fairly soon after listening to it. I hope this helped dissolve Mikey's anger because any further exploration in this field by him would just be a waste of the talent that we all know he has. You're better than this, Mikey.

 

 
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MisterCarnivore (March 3, 2012)

"How do people love OFF so much at this site and trash this?"

This makes me wonder if you've actually listened to this or OFF. This is 4 tracks that sound almost exactly the same and 1 that has a little breakdown to differentiate it from the rest. Thats all I have to differentiate that song from any other song. Sure it's fast and it's fun I guess but I could be listening to ANYTHING when I listen to this record. There are tons of bands who just go fast for fast sake but in the end most are just so painfully similar that they all melt together after awhile. You can play punk and still write SONGS. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with this kind of thrastastic-ness, I like something hard and fast as much as the next guy but this release just seems superfluous.

OFF on the other hand... well this EP is here
http://mikeyerg.bandcamp.com/

And this is OFF
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3jmSIwQiLA
http://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=qQ5EH-mGUAI&feature=related

While OFF isn't breaking any new ground themselves, the music they play can still stand apart from a lot of other bands. For one thing they don't use the trick of speed to sound energetic and powerful. They have some memorable guitar riffs and song bits. I would hesitate in calling them just another hardcore punk band.

theproblemwithfire (March 1, 2012)

It is what it is... Raging, thrashy hardcore. I'mnot saying I'm a fan of this release, but I feel like it's being judged off the merits of The Ergs. How do people love OFF so much at this site and trash this?

nocigar (March 1, 2012)

patod - i've listened to them plenty of times. was never impressed.

bloatedkat (March 1, 2012)

As the label that put this out, I would like to apologize to everyone about this. The only thing I'm more sorry about is myself.

angryderek (February 29, 2012)

Ergs suck, Mike sucks, this record sucks, if you like anything he's ever done, YOU suck!!!

patod (February 29, 2012)

Anyone who says the Ergs! are overrated has never listened to the Ergs!. This record is fun and released on a NH label. Cool shit.

CCSummers (February 28, 2012)

Stop kidding yourselves, this record sucks.

nocigar (February 28, 2012)

bad, and the ergs! are so overrated on here.

telegraphrocks (February 28, 2012)

This sounds like the shit I write and record... it's fucking terrible.

ianissuperrad (February 28, 2012)

Come on, it's a fun, gimmicky flexi disc. I think you're reading way too deep in to it. Plus, it only costs $3.50 (plus only $1 for shipping). The dude is in so many bands, this is just a fun project for Mikey to indulge himself.

ThisRespirator (February 28, 2012)

"There is no semblance of any of the songwriting traits Mikey has shown before"

This guy obviously hasn't listened to a lot of The Ergs! non-LP stuff or their Thrash Compactor 7 inch. Mikey loves to break out thrashy hardcore, and he's damn good at it if I do say so myself.

wallofyouth (February 28, 2012)

i agree that it isn't really memorable but it's on a flexi disc, a proper venue for the fun and fleeting

johngentile (February 28, 2012)

Damn, I really liked this. I would have given it a 7 or so. I thought it was pretty good punk thrash metal.

frankthep (February 28, 2012)

I don't know what the reviewer was expecting here but I have no issue with this record. It was cheap, the songs are decent and besides-it is Mikey Erg-minus a record of him taking a shit I would probably but anything he puts out.

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