Reagan's Polyp / America Needs More Ass
CD and MP3: September 16, 2014
Reagan’s Polyp aren’t punk rockers. No, not at all. And yet they bear a certain theoretical relationship to “punk rock” – a genre that, on this 2001 masterpiece, they destroy completely and without reservation. Inspired by years of backstage encounters with punk rockers of the central Arkansas variety, America Needs More Ass is the ultimate punk album: it’s political and yet it isn’t; it thinks it’s smart and yet it’s stupid; it’s heavy and yet it’s… well, we don’t know what the hell it is. Complex, nervy and annoying beyond measure, this is the Polyp album for anyone who ever got on stage with a chip on his (or her!) teenage shoulder.
"A brilliant cocktail of noise, punk, hardcore, and grind that sounds like the unholy creation that would result if Genghis Tron and the Boredoms molested Zappa’s corpse... Reagan’s Polyp attack the occasionally overly serious and myopic punk rock world with a barrage of ferocity and sarcasm that is far more abrasive than anything generated by the legions of tough guy hardcore bands that one finds in every town in America." -- Jersey Beat http://www.jerseybeat.com/quinlan-chronicles.html
"Spaceage drum machine insanity, a complete mindfukk [sic] that is more of an experience that [sic] a listen. I'm currently trying to figure out "Pissed in the Fire at the K.O.A,." and I think Reagan's Polyp are trying to be funny, but on the other hand... they might be truly advanced. Maniacal psychedelic freakouts, blips/whirs/shrieks, and songs like "Stop Sucking My Cock," "Don't Fuck the Snack," and the title track "America Needs More Ass!" This shit is really, really weird, like some rednecks got accepted to art school in Providence but then got kicked out because they ate each other's poop for fun and then they went into a cave with MELT BANANA and took drugs. A lot of drugs. Also, this band was from Arkansas and released a shitload of sounds in the '90s, many of which have been inexplicably reissued. My face hurts." -- MAXIMUM ROCK N ROLL #377
"I get the same sensation when listening to Ween. I can see the recording booth in my mind: a microphone jutting out from among a mountain of unwashed clothes, Frankenstein taxidermy, Crass records and disturbing crayon sketches. America Needs More Ass is the sound of lunacy festering in lunacy – an irreparable descent into juvenile humour and vitamin D deficiency – but strip back to the barked vocal tag-team and the galloping drum machine, and there’s a punk record in here; an exasperated cathartic protest, slotting the substance of its complaint within the woolly sock of innuendo and shit jokes... So what else do we have here? The aimless dissonance of cats atop church organs, guitars coiled into wacky springs, 70s sci-fi electronics mashed into lullaby, trapdoors of utter rhythmic meltdown. It’s important not to take this as an inference that Reagan’s Polyp are inept (although that’s certainly the illusion they’re selling). To invert the observation of a punk record sheathed by puerility, there is a scent of musique concrete if one blots out the punk pacing; a mesh of place and origin that balances somewhere between unquestioned impulse and particular stereo placement. No clearer does this become than on “54-40 Or Fuck!”, which wriggles out from the album’s 2-minute confines to tumble into noise abstraction akin to Russell Haswell or Tod Dockstader. Very crafty." --ATTN: Magazine (UK) http://www.attnmagazine.co.uk/music/8404
01. Tina Of The Warrior People
02. Citizen Dwarf
03. Pissed In The Fire At The K.O.A.
04. Todd Y. Takes Facial
05. Blade Runner Reference
06. Stop Sucking My Cock
08. Technologies Of The Self
09. The Flying Burrito Brothers Can Suck The Shit Out Of My Ass
10. Rich and Horny
11. Oink And Die (Fucking Capitalist Pigs)
12. America Needs More Ass
13. Don’t Fuck The Snack
14. Pleasures Of A Girl
15. Vote For Mondale
16. The Obscene “Anal” Father Is The Secret Father Of Enjoyment
17. Let Me Fetish Your Jockstrap
18. 54-40 Or Fuck!
19. Vladimir Ilich Lenin