“Imps of Perversion”
“Imps of Perversion” by Pop. 1280, recorded by Martin Bisi (Swans, Serena Maneesh, Foetus, Lydia Lunch) is the third record released on Sacred Bones. It’s a relief when I can find a new band other than Big Black, Foetus, Killing Joke, or Cop Shoot Cop to get my fix of fuck all barbaric noise in my ear holes. Credit to producer Martin Bisi, as the drum sound on this record will remind you distinctly of Cop Shoot Cop, but to hell with that noise. It wouldn’t be fair to a band who’s influences range from Gary Numan, Cabaret Voltaire, to Creedence to simply write them off as just another industrial punk band, not fair at all.
Not much of a departure in the song writing department from their debut, “The Horror,” but definitely a step forward in sound, as it is a ferociously mature album. The band did right to hire Martin Bisi, and if they work with him again, they’ll have more reason to experiment more and expand on ideas, which came together nicely on bonus track, “Machine Trauma” and “Do the Anglerfish.” Sheeiit, by their next record hopefully they’ll have learned a few tricks and maybe given us a record that could stand against to Einstürzende Neubauten even. They have that potential, because they are at least blossoming and Bisi’s skill will know where to guide them.
As for the record itself….
It’s possible that the imps of perversion could very well be you and I. Actually, I am the imp and you are the pervert? Yet, aren’t all perverts imps anyway? The band are very much the perverts in this case as they are using the imps as a masturbatory tool for critique on the album. These mofos could very well be aliens from another planet, but I wouldn’t want to give them that much credit yet, as the parlimifunkadelic mother ship hasn’t landed. How the record may sound to you is easily the difference of whether you are the imp or the perverse. As with Pop. 1280, they’re both. Case in point: if we’re all just perverse mother fuckers anyway why not celebrate it.
Enjoy this interview of them from last year..