PI$$ER – Carved up for Yuks
Described by some as “just too weird”, and by others as “a revelation”, this is always going to be a marmite band – you’re either going to want to smooch it raw or recoil in disgust; there’s unlikely to be much middle ground. I guess d-beat with a prominent saxophone was always going to be divisive!
So, hot on the heels of the ‘Crushed Down to Paste’ MLP, comes ‘Carved Up for Yuks’, and if the previous releases hadn’t bewildered sections of the punk public enough, then this might just be the one to do it. ‘Carved Up for Yuks’ is the sound of KING TUBBY and LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY fighting over how best to mix a DISCHARGE record. Brand new versions of tracks from ‘Wretched Life’ and ‘Crushed Down to Paste’ make up the tracklist here. Heavy reverb and delay, monstrously treated sounds soaked in effects, complete restructuring of the original songs – in some cases to the extent that they sound like entirely different songs – are what this record offers.
This isn’t one of those remix records where you can barely tell the difference between the original version and the remix; these are radical treatments, as you should expect from PI$$ER by now. “Carved Up” really is the right phrase, although ‘completely eviscerated’ would have would have been an equally apt descriptor!