Roto - The Low Power Hour
Is there anybody in the world that doesn't know about US exploitation
of Native Americans? Didn't Neil Young and Marlon Brando teach everybody
about all that 35 years ago? Apparently not, since Roto takes up the
torch where the elder statesmen left off with their very first track. I
find the political effort to be annoying at best - it seems to me that
todays generation of musicians do a piss poor job at pedagogy. This may
be because it is a rare band that doesn't come across as posturing
cred-mongers. Even worse are the regional "scenes".
Roto has sprung from one of these regional talent fountains - Washington
DC. Members of Q and not U joined up with a number of other scenesters
with a vision. Yes, a DC supergroup with a concept. I only vaguely
understand the concept, but it apparently has to do with switching
drummers all the time and singing with a minimum of emotional expression.
At least I can rest easy tonight in the knowledge that none of the band
members invested too much work in the record - they all sound lax, dull,
and disinterested. The band's condition is contagious, since I can feel
my eyes glazing over as I listen.
It might not be so bad if there weren't fully seventeen Low Power Hour
tracks to trudge through. It feels like more than one Hour, although the
record actually clocks in at only 52 minutes. I cherish that remaining
eight minutes, since it is the only part of the Low Power Hour that I will
ever see again.
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