BANGLADEAFY – The Briefcase (Review)

BANGLADEAFY – The Briefcase

BANGLADEAFY. What a bizarre name. Apparently it is a reference to the fact that one member is from Bangladesh and the other has some form of hearing impairment. That’s pretty weird and clever, I suppose. But it didn’t even remotely prepare me for how weird and clever these two New Yorkers truly are.

With The Briefcase, BANGLADEAFY churn out some seriously unusual and spastic combinations of jazz, electronica, and progressive metal/punk. I am immediately reminded of excellent groups like CHILD ABUSE and occasionally NAKED CITY. Songs like “Elixer” and “Tubes” almost make me think of a VENETIAN SNARES track, with strange, glitchy percussion and anomalous tempo and time signature changes that make my head spin. “Show Me the Gold” is one of my favourites, featuring wonderful bass/drum work that is reminiscent of later NEOANDERTALS (Australopithecus in particular).

Bass and drums are so expertly done, playing off one another and fusing together into some strange singular entity that is both pummeling and violent while at other times undeniably chill and groovy. Vocals are relatively sparse, but when they do happen they are angry, ferocious barks, again in the vein of contemporaries CHILD ABUSE. The strange keyboard/electronica elements show glimmers of the fleeting and briefly interesting cybergrind movement, but for the most part it’s the bass and percussion that are the main focal point of The Briefcase.

Before I know it, this short, fifteen-minute album is over as quickly and strangely as it began. What a bizarre ride. I’m left wondering what just happened, and wanting more. Better give it another listen. Recommended.

– Zac C. Dendinger

Score: 90%

Standout tracks: “Elixer”, “Tubes”, “Show Me the Gold”, “Pest Control”

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