CD Review

Sadaharu – “The Politics of Dancing”

By Marcus Pan

The Politics of DancingI'm getting a lot of this garage thrash these days. Ahab Rex, Alice Donut(1), etc. Sadaharu is another speed step into the thrashy garage culture of basement punk and rock. Songs with names that occasionally are longer to say than the tracks themselves, Sadaharu's The Politics of Dancing is a speedy rush through an environment infused with old style rock 'n roll, sped up playing and, strangely enough, sounds tighter and more decent than a lot of studio driven mainstream stuff sometimes. If Velvet Revolver and The White Stripes can hit the big time with their simplistic bargain production stuff, then there's no reason Sadaharu can't.

Sadaharu give me a vibe of "professional musicians pretending to be amateurs," which is always a nice thing. It livens the groove of modern music and sets it on its ear while doing it with talent and applomb. The solo guitar in The Haven You Seek is Your Own is quite good with a swift feel and a done-so-fast-so-good attitude. You can tell these guys are too good to be in this garage. An Unconventional Metaphor for an Unconventional Situation has another speedy and well placed guitar solo and ends just as swiftly as it began. The guitar work by Sadaharu is easily superior to most anything else.

Did You Know that You're Living in the Town Where Dreams Go to Die? is one of the longest named on the CD and is nothing more than a short break of ambient horns, wind – but it gives you a breather before slamming into In the Dark, All Cats are Grey. The bass guitar makes a strong show in The Axiomatic Principle of Reverse Stratification with some sections played faster than what I can do (so far anyway). Nicely instrumental track that does a good job.

I really whish I had a lyric sheet for this CD, it would add a lot to the experience. The music itself, guitars especially, are very good and I like it a lot. But if I knew what was being said during tracks like A Deconstructionist Approach to Popular Culture or another favorite, If I Died Today, I'd Like to Have Been Able to Say it was Worth It, I'd really get into it more.

Fans of The Descendants take note. Check Sadaharu out and you won't be disappointed. From the dissonant guitar wails of Submission Holds for Men of Good Fortune to the time signature changes throughout many of The Politics of Dancing's tracks to the almost constant guitar solo grinds, Sadaharu deliver. Sometimes when you're as good at music as these guys the only way to avoid the fame that killed Kurt Cobain is to hide in your garage and beat on the mainstream with your talent as your hammer.

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(1) Reviewed in Legends #143.

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