Black Bananas’ Latest Will Upset the Geezers



Black Bananas
Electric Brick Wall
Drag City

Jennifer Herrema, a graduate of the renegade art-noise band Royal Trux, seems to be getting younger as time goes by. Echoing Sky Ferreira‘s 2013 album Night Time, My Time, Herrema’s latest outing as leader of Black Bananas unleashes an invigorating wave of damaged synth pop, swathed in distortion and smothered by electro-fuzz, suggesting a ramshackle punk band trying to provoke an uproar with new toys. Electric Brick Wall draws heavily on glam-rock and ’70s funk, transcending any pretentious conceptual undertones through sheer anarchic vigor. It’s noisy fun with more than enough chaos to upset your old-fogey friends.

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