The kind of project that brings the old mad scientist cliché out for an airing, "It's insane, but it just might work." The insanity in this case being Melt Banana, Felix Kubin, Jason Forrest & Donna Summer and 1-Speed Bike to laying down their versions of tracks from the demento-a-go-go-electro-pop-rock people known as Zea.
Now then, 1-Speed Bike come from Canada, they cover the sentimental ditty "Along With The Rest Of This Racist System We Left The Body Of Indie Rock On A Plateau For The Vultures To Eat" and it sounds like a light engineering workshop version of "Stars In Their Eyes", tonight 1-Speed Bike are being wilfully weird at various speeds and while the chiming things are oddly delicate, the warping and electro-bass n drum stuff is resolutely industrial, all of which provides a neat counterpoint (are we allowed to use words like 'counterpoint'?) to the cute-kiddie indie drawl vox, smart stuff.
Next please; Melt Banana do "Flying Objects Arrived" and their version will make you believe that the objects are in the room with you, it being quite insane to use acoustic guitars and tape loops with an electro clipped n snipped vox, I can see this on TOTP, but a few minutes of this and you tend to see all sorts of cool things. Another, I dare you; Jason Forrest and Donna (no, not the gay icon) Summer have a go at "Kiss Kiss Folk-Rock Mix" and it's unutterably fab, hip-welding some space-dance smash n masherooni with some nicely delicate bits of acoustic strumming, this is barmy, any more? Yes, the man known as Felix Kubin shows "Slides From Yesterday" and it fails to blot the copybook, being, as it is, some jazzed out spacescape with wandering bass backing a yobby vox, it's all fractured n fucked, but the reverb is a treat and the kiddie-kaos-korus is scary. (Unpeeled - April 2005)