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pwr vol Paperback – October 26, 2016
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"Say what you will about genre fiction, but the sassy-post-modern-tour-through-a-fantasy-land-populated-by-history's-greatest-nihilist-and-existentialist-philosophers-and-set-to-an-experimental-punk-rock-musical-score thing hasn't been done quite like this before." - Aaron Eash
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"Reading this book, no *experiencing* this book, was like watching Richard Linklater's Waking Life, if it had had a pounding punk rock soundtrack." - In Pursuit of Expression
"PWR VOL is remarkable for managing to be downright hilarious, at times, while also being thought-provoking, putting late 20th Century philosophy - existentialism, nihilism, and deconstruction - in an understandable context (for which Scandy deserves an award, alone.)" - Bitstar
- Publisher : B.O.S.S.; 1st edition (October 26, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 110 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0998188808
- ISBN-13 : 978-0998188805
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.28 x 8.5 inches
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Now if you want to know what I really thought, and you have some time to kill….
For me PWR VOL is an abstract illumination of critical thinking or the generation of an idea.
The process starts with Tiny Viktor, this is your mind’s response to being given a absurd, seemingly impossible, task. As this worms into the depths of your mind, the first reaction, nearly out of survival, is to dismiss it, try to escape. Once that initial instinct passes, you move on to Do You Still Dance?, where your internal monolog is saying things like, “no one would works this hard”, “I’m happy maintaining the status quo”. Here the novella use the metaphor of heaving to and fro within the crowd at a concert, just go with the flow, don’t upset yourself over this. However, in the next moment, Nail Bitter, is that feeling that creeps up you neck into your mind, a semi-paralyzing fear that bad things will happen if you just ignore this opportunity. That realization can quickly turn on you, preventing the gathering of even the simplest thought. Just when things seem hopeless, some remote synapse fires, and there is a faint light within the darkness of your mind, a beacon of hope. With that small ember of hope in your hand, a moment of clarity races across the mind, Conductor of One. Now, the once impossible, seems remotely possible and the mind begins to gain momentum. Palm Muter, is the aggressive, exuberant, outburst of confidence, which fills one with potential. This movement is so strong it threatens derail the initial intention and go its own way, but harnessing this raw emotion leads to the beginning of construction. Decrepit Seafarer uses unfamiliar and off-key sounds to represent the struggle of constructing the beginnings, or foundation, of a solution. With a foundation established Existential Brunch pounds forward, building up the core thought. Ashamed Applause, piles on, adding the exuberance that success is more likely than failure at this point. Over the provably hump, the mind must now wrap this effort into a tidy, succinct package and bring it home with clear articulation. The Willpower takes you on a ride from that high, down into a darkness of uncertainty and doubt, but finally back again, demonstrating the conviction required to ultimately succeed. Back on top and determined, chemical.static.hum drives onward with deep, sustained bass beats and a steady, forward marching, drum line. It seems the end is near, but wait… Astutely capturing this critical junction, the novella embarks the characters on a mad max-esque journey, sailing across the waves. The perpetual oscillations of the waves, peaks and valleys, are akin to the conclusion of a thought, on the tip of your tongue, only to have it slip back into the recesses of your mind. The scene described by A Theft nicely places a seemingly innocent encounter right at this tipping point, as to say, “you’ve nearly done it, relax, I’m sure the end is easier than the beginning” However, this mind’s will is strong and PWR VOL releases notes which stretch on to carry forward the idea to its glorious, righteously deserved, conclusion. Now safely home, Strong American Jaw provides the satisfying outro that reminds you of just what you and your mind are capable of, BOOM!
The sentences have a winding, descriptive, relentless drive behind them, like Gaddis or Krasznahorkai but more surreal,with a punk rock playfulness.