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Hair Police: Constantly TerrifiedConstantly Terrified (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: RyanMRyanM
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There’s a distinct trend occurring recently in which noise artists are slowly being introduced to a more mainstream audience. Whether this is a result of a changing in the composition of traditionally held beliefs as to what noise should accomplish -- either commercially or artistically-driven, although the former would most certainly be unrecognized -- or from increased attention these artists are receiving from fringe-turned-mainstream critics. With a number of these critics, who appeal to a more independent-oriented music scene, beginning to push more accessible noise bands (such as Wolf Eyes) and succeeding, the style has since opened up to a lot of those formerly uninitiated. Arguments could be made both ways concerning whether this phenomenon is mostly a commercially-driven one or not, but it seems safe to say that it plays at least a partial role. More important than that question, however, is whether the newly acquired appeal somehow adversely impacts the very grounds upon which the concept was created. The whole idea of avant-garde, from noise to free-jazz and anywhere in between, was to break from the commonality of music being created under the further commercialization of society -- which turned almost anything and everything into a commodity to be bought and sold to profit someone, including art -- and push the bounds of what could be considered music or art. But ours is a society that continually accepts things further and further from the norm eventually bringing it into some relegated sphere of that very part of society it wished to reject. Although an interesting topic, little can be done about the situation by these artists now, but the progression of any band can give insight into just how big a factor this inevitability plays in their compositions.
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