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Album Review: BNNT - _ _

October 11, 2012

By Jamie Wolfert

This week's subscriber-submitted album comes from Polish sonic terrorists BNNT. Their record is called _ _ , and it's a challenging piece of work that blends punk and noise rock influences with outright noise and sound collage elements. Despite this duo's chaotic bent, there are some surprising moments of genuine beauty on _ _, as well as a non-stop barrage of menacing grooves that will drill their way into your brain.

BNNT revolves mostly around the duo of Konrad Smolenski on “baritone missile” and Daniel Szwed on drums. According to Smolenski the baritone missile is a fretless, four-string, missile-shaped instrument with stereo outputs, allowing him to use two amplifiers simultaneously. He mangles the tone with a variety of fuzz pedals from Death By Audio and Devi Ever. Listening to BNNT reveals the baritone missile to be as much a member of the band as Smolenski and Szwed, with its range and distinctive voice both limiting and defining the band. A jam as primitive and gnarly as “The armistice ended the first Chechen War” requires a very special instrument, indeed.

_ _ is chock full of bludgeoning, paleolithic beats, fuzz freakouts, damaged film samples, and waves of cathartic noise. What may really catch you off guard, though, are the intoxicating melodic interludes, like in “Operation Diesel_ British troops have taken Afghan heroin factory”. Macio Moretti's vibe playing on this song really takes it to another level. “Joseph Kony, a former Catholic altar boy from northern Uganda” begins with a subdued, hypnotic groove and chant-like vocals bathed in a wash of ambient noise...that is, until things get ugly. Things always get ugly.

BNNT's _ _ is not to be overlooked if your tastes in rock lean towards the abrasive and confrontational. Bands like Boredoms, Shellac, and Lightning Bolt are obvious touchstones. A look at BNNT's Facebook page reveals that they are also keen on guerilla gigs and performing in unconventional spaces, like the back of a truck, for instance. If you're in a position to see these guys live, don't miss out. In fact, if you live in Poland you may end up seeing them live whether you want to or not! _ _ can be experienced and purchased at BNNT's Bandcamp page. Do it.

http://www.facebook.com/BNNNT

Comments

  1. David Gennaro says:

    Love it!! haha..I thought he was playing a bazooka… lap steel??

    posted on October 12, 2012 at 12:24 am
  2. Blackie James says:

    This is not music but noise and terrible noise at that.  Come on guys, there are talented musicians out there looking for exposure and a break so don’t waste any more space or waste our time with this rubbish. This is crap at the lowest level.

    posted on October 12, 2012 at 12:27 am
  3. MG says:

    Kind of odd to find this here on PGS… for something not that “guitar oriented”. Past reviews have been great, though.

    Not that it’s bad, peculiar certainly but not bad.

    posted on October 12, 2012 at 3:24 am
  4. circusinthesky says:

    I think these guys are great!  They remind me of the chaotic guitar and drum work of Caspar Br√∂tzmann Massacre.  I recommend you folks check youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxecLF048a4&feature=youtu.be

    That’s studio work, as opposed to the chaos of a the street performances.  NSFW Great stuff!

    As for the comments about the style of MUSIC being featured on PGS, I think its totally apropos.  Lots of effects.  Lots of creativity.  Avant Garde?  Experimental?  Sure.  Inspired and honest?  Sure is.  (True, its not Grandpa-Rock.)

    posted on October 13, 2012 at 3:03 am
  5. basstoll says:

    a band from poland here - wow! i saw them by accident on the way to the off festival this year and was blow away. people in the bus were mostly terrified, but there was one guy with a big grin on his face asking if that’s lightning bolt. now i wish i got off the bus that time and just see the whole gig until it was probably shut down by cops.

    posted on October 14, 2012 at 4:40 am
  6. Daniel says:

    Not music? Common mate! It’s great that PGS sets out to display different kinds of music here! And these guys do seem to bring something new to the stew. Thanks BNNT for the madness, thanks PGS for the boldness. Keep ‘em commin’!

    posted on October 14, 2012 at 5:39 am
  7. Shane Marsh says:

    I’ll take them over a virtuoso any day of the week. Great stuff.

    posted on October 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm
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    re blackie: lets review some awful stevie ray or metallica influenced shite instead.. the only interesting place left in guitarland is the stuff coming from the leftfield like this.

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