MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ
Live 1984 - 1985

[PSF Records, www.psfrecords.com]

Maher Shalal Hash Baz [which is a quote from The Bible that translates roughly as plunder speedeth; spoil hasteth] is an alter ego of Japanese musician Tori Kudo. This guy has formed the band just over two decades ago and the release represents the pinnacle of all that is good in his own little world. Whether you like folk, noise, rock, punk or free-range improv, you'll find plenty to love. As lo-fi as recordings can possibly get [is this an audience bootleg, I'm not sure], the band simply meanders through two long performances [one from 1984 and the second one from the following year]. Surf music on acid on trippy hippie post-punk folk noise, you choose. The band is beyond categories. Lots of passages with broken tunes but what really rules the airwaves is these shattered, free-for-all doodling sessions. It's at these points you realize: (a) the collective has no idea where they're going (b) they don't care and (c) both are true. This music is not about structure or clearly defined shapes. It's about the art of getting to the destination and having as much fun as possible. Who cares that pianist, drummer, guitarist and cellist all sound like they'd rather be someplace else. The lack of an urgent energy makes for interesting music. Tori Kudo only sounds like he's bored when he's singing as the sound quality is poor. Maybe, in real life there was urgency to this stuff, but I for one, can't hear it. If I mention that The Pastels were big fans, would that make a difference? [In fact, the band signed Maher Shalal Hash Baz to a contract on their label a while back.] Thinking about all of this, in retrospect, I'm glad the recordings are lo-fi and so poorly recorded. It gives the music a tasty image of naiveté. Music can't necessarily change the world but it can change a few people, one at a time.

- Tom Sekowski


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