Odds are, you probably won’t like this French Avant-Garde Metal act. You probably won’t “get it”, and you will think it is a pointless waste of time and just another contribution from the “French”. UNLESS, you enjoy the uniquely strange, creative, and artistic aspects that music can bring forth. If you are one who allows yourself to think outside of your musical box long enough to understand what else is out there to bathe in, this is for you. Or, of course, if you developed an obsession with anything involving Mike Patton while in college… oh wait, thats me. Either way, Pin Up Went Down is an act worth checking out.
Their most recent release, 342, is one of the most brilliant works of art I have come across in years. It is an artful album that showcases the vocal talents of Asphodel (the female operatic vocals, while Alexis provides backing vocals and screams), and the multi-instrumentalists that are the brothers Damien. Alexis and Nicolas Damien both have a hand in the instrumentation of the album. Their first release, 2 Unlimited, only featured Asphodel and Alexis, and was the brainchild of Alexis, as he wrote all the music and from what I understand, the majority if not all of the lyrics. Asphodel joined forces after feeling a true connection to the project and knew it was something she wanted to be a part of. As mentioned, Nicolas joined the band prior to the recording of 342.
I haven’t been able to stop listening to the album since I got it. It is so interesting and exciting that I just want to dig further into it. It is like staring into a painting for hours, and just traveling deeper and deeper to examine each layer in an attempt to understand and appreciate the work as a whole. It has the Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom, etc.) vibe, and that is never a bad thing. In fact, is hard to come across anyone who can even come close to matching his work. As out there as it may come across, their experimentation and combination of genre defining elements come together quite well and allow 342 to feel very cohesive as a complete piece.
For me, a lot of this symphonic/death/avant-garde metal just comes across as a joke, so this album is very special and I am ecstatic to have uncovered it because I have always liked the idea of what was possible within this genre, I just never really got into it. This is what I dig for with hopes of finding something different. Something iTunes and Last.FM won’t recommend to me. Pin Up Went Down is that band.
Allow your curiosity to get the better of you. Check your preconceived notions at the door. You haven’t heard anything like this, and you might not for sometime. So pick up 342 and enjoy some of the remaining musical creativity that is still left for us to enjoy and discover.
Experience Pin Up Went Down:
MySpace – www.myspace.com/pinupwentdown
Interview with Asphodel – http://zolireds.net/blog/2010/06/07/pin-up-went-down/
“Murphy in the Sky with Daemons” from the album, 342.