This Is Jizzcore
Hard electronics polygamist Matt Fanale, aka Caustic, has been churning out his blend of industrial combined with everything from techno, punk, ebm, breakcore, and beyond for going on 7 years now, releasing most of it on California's Crunch Pod label, and January brings Caustic's new 2CD THIS IS JIZZCORE to the ears of the world with nearly 2 hours of original material and remixes. While the title is a joke on artists self-titling their own genres to fit their egos, it's arguably Caustic's most "serious" work yet, with tracks careening from headbanging stompfests to glitched out clubtracks to scream-along anthems. Caustic isn't concerned as much with sticking with one style, but morphing the music like an mp3 player on shuffle to kick maximum ass on every track. In a world where attention spans have turned to Jello, Caustic accepts the challenge like a six year old souped up on pixie sticks and drags musical cohorts from everywhere from XP8 to Null Device to Everything Goes Cold and The Gothsicles. There's even a collaboration between Caustic and the legendary Tom Shear of Assemblage 23, under his idm project Nerve Filter.
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Needless to even mention, I am a HUGE Rascal Flatts fan. I've been to every show they've played in the state of Texas since 2003; I once drove all the way to Houston just to meet them at an in-store signing at a Guitar Store. It was sponsored by 93Q and it was so much fun! They played later that night at the Houston Arena. They inspire me beyond words. I even bought the CARS soundtrack, just for their cover of "Life is a Highway"; it's far better than the original, and I just could not stop singing it for months after I first heard it. So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that they had a side project.
Now granted, this musician named Matt Fanale gets a lot of the credit, but Flatts' Jay DeMarcus is really the power behind this great album. Don't mind the title - it's a tongue-in-cheek nod to the fact that Nashville has become more of a pop factory in recent years. The song titles are also maybe a bit off-putting to many, but rest assured, that is simply Jay's sense of humor; he once mentioned during an interview with Country Weekly that sometimes the best way to get people's attention was to shock them into understanding where you're coming from. Even though that sort of behavior is not my cup of tea personally, boys will be boys, I guess. This album is great enough that Jay doesn't need the shock value, but I guess that's why I'm just a waitress, and he makes the big dollars in the music world.
There is so much to like about this CD, I'm not even sure what to talk about first. There are a lot of non-traditional remixes on the second disc, which I can only assume were made for line dancing. The sad country lilt of "I Wanna Stay Wasted" stays with me for days after I listen to it, but I think the uptempo bluegrass vibe of "Formula 420" is the one I really like. I'm a huge Allison Krauss AND NHRA racing fan, so how could I not love this song? According to the liner notes, this was co-written with an artist named Tom Shear. I don't believe I am any relation -despite the last name - but how cool is that? It's a full-on toe-tapper. I don't know what "idm" music sounds like, but it must have banjo and fiddle in it. The introductory "The Inmates Have Taken Over" sounds like exactly what it is - a more than heartfelt nod at Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues", and also a commentary on the sad state of popular country today. Oh, how some of us long for the days of Hank Sr! I think he would be very proud of what Fanale has helped Jay do here.
One of the other reviewers here referred to the album as a "rock opera", but I feel it is much larger than that; it is a country western masterpiece that will be talked about for years to come by even those who are not fans of the genre. I am hoping to go to another store appearance, hopefully I can have Jay sign this disc, and let him know what an inspiration he and his band have been to me.
This 4th of July, there's a new crooner on the boom box in town. While I'm flipping weenies at the public grill poolside at my mobile estate, me and the family will be listening to Rascal Flatts. Not the pop-laden Nashville candy Rascal Flatts you see on CMT.. this is Rascal Flatts as he was truly meant to be heard. Broken from the confines of major labels, this sideproject of Flatts' has him rising like a phoenix out of the ashes with heart-felt post-911 tributes such as "Feral" and "Redneck Pussyhouse". The Statue of Liberty will shake her fist, the eagles will be cryin' and flyin'... Let's Roll..
This is truly Rascal Flatts most inspired side-project. It brings country music to a whole new level.
Following in the footsteps of their previous albums, This Is Jizzcore is a concept album -- specifically, it deals largely with the theme of isolation from one's peers. The concept was largely inspired by the band's 2008 tour promoting the album Booze Up And Riot, with regards to an incident where Matt Fanale's frustration with the audience reached a point where he spat in the face of a fan who was attempting to climb on stage; this, in turn, led him to lament that such a wall exists. With its significantly darker theme, This Is Jizzcore features a notably harsher and more theatrical sound than their previous releases, introducing some groundbreaking elements into a country genre long gone stagnant. Indeed, this is truly Rascal Flatts most inspired side-project. It brings country music to a whole new level.