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Album Review

Total Shutdown's self-titled debut sounds like the Boredoms, Naked City, and Brutal Truth all in a mad race for the finish line. Hard jazz, thrash, and punk slap you in the face from the start with only short breaks for lounge noodling and naïve melodies played on tinker-toy keyboards. Vocals are either Cookie Monster-styled growls or the screams and yelps that Eye from the Boredoms spits out. It would be easy to think John Zorn is their spiritual leader, but there's more of a party atmosphere than the rather serious saxophonist has ever attempted. Things are varied enough to keep interest, and the band's playing is tight and handles all the twists and turns. At 26 minutes long (six minutes taken up by a trippy, meandering near-instrumental and one minute by total silence) it feels more like an EP than full-length, but much more of this aural onslaught and you'd be begging for relief.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

The crazed experimental rock of San Francisco's Total Shutdown first saw the light of day at a gig on February 14, 2000. Vocalist Bob Linder, bassist Nate Denver, guitarist Paul Costuros, drummer Phillipe Nguyen, and saxophonist Matt Hartman all play a variety of instruments besides their main ones and, individually, have been involved in everything from performance art to death metal. There first release came as a split 7" with Boxleitner on Thin the Herd Records and it earned a spot on Byron Coley's...
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