Order For Out of the Past
Format: CD + DOWNLOAD
Label: Subsist records Cat: SUBSIST.94CD
Label: Subsist records
Release date: 03/12/2019
- 3 German Army – Rivera And Johnson
- 4 German Army – Liberation Dance
- 5 German Army – Kameny and Dr. Anonymous
- 6 German Army – Kalabra
- 7 German Army – Gittings and the Daughters
- 8 German Army – Elephant Walk Bar
- 9 German Army – Dietrich film
- 10 German Army – Cat Tavern kiss
- 11 German Army – A New Protocol
- 12 German Army – Kramer with Molly
German Army again. Given their prolificacy, that shouldn’t be a surprise. Given my obvious fandom, that should also not be a surprise, “that” referring to me posting here once again about German Army. I wish you’d all just leave me alone with my music crush and stop complaining that I write about so much German Army stuff.
Oh wait, nobody’s complaining? (Or, uh … reading?) Well great, because then you’ll indulge me once again in gushing over GeAr, this time about their late-2019 CD release Out of the Past on Valencia (Spain)’s Subsist Records. As usual, it gets in your head and under your skin, like a giant proto-industrial crystal jammed right through your forehead and into your brain. Which, as luck would have it, is the exact depiction on the cover of the CD, so I didn’t have to really reach that far for the simile. Whose bust is that crystal braining, Plato? Some Greek philosopher. Let’s go with Plato. I’m not up on my face-matching of ancient dudes.
We’re iced in dub from the get-go, the dank, dungeon-crawling antics of the duo a welcome intrusion upon my day. From there, obviously, we get industrial, post-punk, and even Thom Yorke–ian techno. Spoken word performances appear here and there, as do vocal samples. Often, GeAr releases have a thematic throughline, but Out of the Past seems to eschew that; still, the sonic cohesion more than makes up for it, and, while it’s hard to create a “best of” GeAr list or whatever, OOTP comes off as sort of a German Army greatest hits, if I have to pin it down. It’s a sock-knocker-offer from start to finish.
Might that be because I simply popped in a German Army disc today, and no matter what day I pop in a German Army disc I find myself listening to a sock-knocker-offer? Maybe. Or maybe that entire discography’s worth sinking your teeth into, no matter what point you pick it up at. Out of the Past is a great place to start. Or finish. Or interact with somewhere in the middle. Text by critical masses media