I find it necessary, after
listening to your new release "12", to drop you a line because I am concerned
for your CD's health and well-being in my country. I'm afraid to break
the news to you, but your music is in danger of fresh-date expiration by
the time it reaches our markets. You see, after seven or so years of existence
in America, the spirit of indie-rock seems to have finally been spit out
into a napkin and fed to Fido under the dinner table. And even though indie-rock
insists on pushing its last bit of mileage through Rover's "relieving-end",
it still plops upon the ground like a recycled sausage link, only to dry
up into a doomed cliche in front of the listening public's growing exhaustion.
So being that you, "No-Twist",
are from Germany's seedy underbelly, which has built its own heritage of
creative, eccentric rock music to provocative ends (i.e.; Can, Kraftwerk,
Neu!, Einsturzende Neubauten, 18th Dye), please consider my advice: instead
of trying to replicate the original spark of America's early-'90s "Dino
Jr."-stylings, why not frame this tiresome genre of music into your own
unique European context and possibly create a new zeitgeist? Those of us
who suffer from indie-rock overload may better appreciate the subtle "foreign"
schizophrenic approaches and eyebrow-raising dynamics within your music
if it was surrounded by a refreshingly different landscape.
The first half of "12" shows
off your brimming, tingling, exultant onrush of sound, but on the second
half, you seem to end your artistic tether, thus bringing the audience's
pulse to a quick death and that's too bad because although you may be a
good act worthy of some attention, popularity-wise, you are entering our
scene a couple of beats too late. Therefore, I must wrap "12" in my napkin
now and whistle for Fido. Better luck next time.