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The Austerity Program

The Austerity Program: Terra NovaTerra Nova (2003)
Hydra Head Records

Reviewer Rating: 0.5


Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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Minimalism in the classical sense usually refers to a lack of melody, sometimes very little harmonic change, with a focus on rhythm. It can be done well, but in most cases, it is annoying. This is what we have here, and it also comes across as pretentious as hell. These two guys, according to .
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Minimalism in the classical sense usually refers to a lack of melody, sometimes very little harmonic change, with a focus on rhythm. It can be done well, but in most cases, it is annoying. This is what we have here, and it also comes across as pretentious as hell.

These two guys, according to their bio (which is likely fake and supposed to be funny) they are young millionaire inventors of something called Marginetrics. So, as they say, they aren't doing this for the money since they're already rich, so I guess they can afford for no one to like them. The two guys play guitar and bass, accompanied by a drum machine, and they pound through 4 tracks in over half and hour in this so-called EP. And let me tell you, ever minute is loooong. They prefer to stay on each chord for at least a minute, until it becomes downright irritating. They do some interesting things rhythmically from time to time, but sometimes it's just straight eighths on one chord for what seems like an eternity. The one chord is usually not pretty either, and what is pretty through an "ultra-grunge" pedal bought for $15?

And there is no melody over said chord. Of the little singing, it is all pathetic crooning/screaming on one or two notes at most, and talking. A typical example of these guys is the first song, inappropriately (and most likely pretentiously) titled "song 8," which goes almost 3 minutes before vocals appear, and when they do, you wish they hadn't, despite how trying the music was before. I have nothing against a band with little or no vocals, like Ghosts and Vodka, or without a load of hooks in every song, like Fugazi. But at least those two bands are doing something interesting in other departments. These guys just sound like two aging grunge rockers with too much time on their hands and a desire to annoy. But I guess if you like grating, dissonant, minimalist garbage, this is for you. The Austerity Program shouldn't quit their day job, if Marginetrics is even real.

 

 
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lieutenant (June 21, 2003)

I have listened to a few songs by them, and they are interesting, at least. I definately agree that the songs drag on, though I believe there is merit among the thick must. Watching this band live would either be a really fun and enlightening time, or the worst show and musicial experience anyone could ever suffer. I guess I really would just prefer the Reader's Digest version.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

You need to see them to have a better understanding of their band. I did but I still can't figure out why i like their music (more so live than recorded).

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

"They can afford for no one to like them."

Hahahaha. Classic.

inagreendase (June 20, 2003)

where's insincere dave to tell us he can't wait for the 4-disc full length

FortyMinutesWest (June 20, 2003)

It can't be THAT bad. I mean, it's on Hydra Head.

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