SMITH, CHRIS: Bad Orchestra LP
Like most key figures in the Antipodean noise scene, Chris Smith exists in the adventurous-musician nethersphere: hailed by followers, unknown to most. Though he has released a few solo albums, played in groups like The Golden Lifestyle Band and Library Punx, and co-released recordings with Peter Jefferies, his only release outside of his country was 2002’s Map Ends: 1995-2001 (Emperor Jones). Bad Orchestra is from 2007, and aside from a small CD run on Death Valley, didn’t get the opportunity to turn heads. Thankfully, Hermit Hut has taken on the mission of releasing vinyl of this impossible-to-find album.
Bad Orchestra is Smith’s masterpiece, a maelstrom of expansive guitar
abstractions, sound collage and full-out rocking. Recorded with a band,
the album touches many tangents while converging as a glorious whole.
Initially inspired, surprisingly enough, by The Germs, Smith creates
music as a solution to his own inner turmoil. He captures an essential
rawness on par with Jim Shepard. Bad Orchestra is an assault that is
wrought with skill. Every listen unearths new treasures and dynamics.
1. Goose Run
2. Living Dead Blues
3. Glue Factory
4, Grain Elevator Blues
5. The Orbit
6. Bobby and the Big O
7. Slight Problems (Intermission)
8. Jimmy's Theme
9. Step Into The Light
10. Your Tunnel