NEWS/FAVORITE: “Lashings of the Ultra-Violent” by Brutal Juice
Mutilation Makes Identification Difficult is an album I frankly have a difficult time shutting up about. Ever since witnessing this Denton, Texas band open for Neurosis at the Pomp Room in Sioux Falls, the sounds of the acid punk masters have never left my tape deck/cd player/turntable. I was a ripped teenager when I watched vocalist Craig Welch smash apples against his forehead and I am, at present, a not-ripped adult that can’t stop putting “The Vaginals” on mix discs or explaining why this album is just a goddamn masterpiece.
I was once a tired man at a work computer slogging through weekend duty at a newspaper job when I saw that Brutal Juice was reuniting for a show in Texas. I sent them an info request about set times and looked at plane tickets. I doubt I had even paid my rent that month. They were very polite. I didn’t make the show.
The wisdom I’ve accrued since witnessing apple executions and thinking that money was a magic thing that budgeted itself and was sponsored by New Belgium Brewery leaves me wary of news that my favorite bands from decades ago are back in the recording studio. Sometimes, the juice just isn’t there. (I can’t even tell if puns are intended or not anymore. I am a monster.) But The Dead Milkmen have shown me that great things can come out of graying punkers, so it is impossible for me not to get excited by news that Brutal Juice is back in the studio for the first time since I drove a blue Z-24 that sucked more money than the band’s apple budget.
That’s probably enough with the apples but, damn, it was one of the most amazing shows I’ve ever experienced.
This is the now. Brutal Juice is recording…possibly as we speak. Yesterday, drummer Ben Burt shared a photo of the band in Redwood Studio in Denton.
Photo posted by Joey McClellan
“Guitarist Gordon Gibson is excited to craft new material, which he describes as less ‘druggy’ than older albums, but still in a vein that will please loyal Brutal Juice fans. ‘We haven’t gone new wave or anything,’ says Gibson. ‘And we haven’t introduced a banjo.’ ” - Front Row Magazine
The phrase “less druggy” troubles me, but comes with no surprise. We’re all older now. Be true to the name, boys, and we’ll all be happy, even if it means that, these days, apples are appreciated only for their vitamins.