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Nervous Cop
Nervous Cop

In Matthew Barney's high-art art-film "Cremaster 2," there's a sequence where he juxtaposes the similarities in sound between a hive of buzzing bees and Dave Lombardo's legendary double-kick drumming. As far as virtuoso percussion goes, the twin-drummer get-down of Nervous Cop comes closer to approximating a beehive than it does a Slayer record, and its willful, wicked, wacky, wanky avant-garde artsiness could appeal to those who like their record collection to consist of discs that aurally equate to masturbatory art-films. The twin-drumming dudes of Nervous Cop are Greg Saunier, from San Fran damaged-pop daisy-kids Deerhoof, and Zach Hill, from mighty-uptighty head-to-head Hella. They originally got together to record some sessions where they sat down and flexed percussionary muscles in a musical man-on-man arm-wrestle that quickly digressed into a dueling fight-club of drumming chops; the pair dismissed this initial bit as being "a Hot for Teacher tribute gone horribly wrong." Treating such sound with disdain, the duo took a scalpel to their tapes with eager hatchet-job glee, chopping their drummerly opus over and over until it was but a bunch of splintered fragments, virtuoso solos now truncated to short, sharp, shrill spurts of sound (and short is the key word, with this disc's first four cuts totaling under three minutes, combined). Across such a process of fine-tooth'd editing, Saunier and Hill also accrued a bunch of distressed digital tone, which became as much a part of Nervous Cop's sound as the drums themselves. The percussive sounds of glitch/hiss/cough are intermittently utilized to approximate rhythms; and, even more vividly, the pair have kept that Slits mantra that silence is a rhythm, too, in mind, as bursts of buzzing noise often quickly leap out of, then descend back into, an abyss of nothingness. To top things off, the Cop hooked up with Joanna Newsom of snazzy epic-rock rhythmists The Pleased, who spends her solo time as Will-Oldham-approved gothic songstress and avant-gardist harpist. Here, her torrents of cascading concert harp have been cut up, cut together, layered on, and fucked with just as the skins have, and the intermittent appearance of such pretty string-plucking is like an angelic vision descending amidst the hellish spasms of high-speed drums and sputtered digitalia.

by Anthony Carew

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