Sometimes when I look at this world, I end up thinking we should all join the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, yeah, it’s a thing. Binging Vasectomy Party for this review is one of these times. I was all set to write something like, “I have seen a lot of weird names in the netlabel scene, but Vasectomy Party is one of the weirdest.” Sadly, I don’t get to lead with that sentence. Instead I saw that vasectomy parties are a real thing – a real fucking thing. You can even get ideas for a vasectomy party on Pinterest. This all leads to quite a serious question: At a vasectomy party, does the man go into the bathroom to masturbate into a cup while everyone stands in the living room drinking boxed Pinot Griogio and asking each other if they saw that funny cat video on Facebook?
This Vasectomy Party, the good fucking kind of vasectomy party, is a noise project out of Florida by Hal Harmon. He’s done a lot of other noise under the names of such as G’Mork, Nature Boy, The, and others. He’s been in a couple of bands as well. Vasectomy Party’s The Truth is Illusive was released on Control Valve, the best experimental netlabel you have never heard of. Harmon writes that Vasectomy Party “is grounded in the harsh noise idiom, but with forays into wall-noise, drone, glitch, tape manipulation, and electro-acoustic noise.” If I ever said “Booya”, this would be the time to say it.
Vasectomy Party opens the album with “The Truth is Illusive” which begins with a low rumbling as if a thunderstorm approaches. The eponymous track might be the most low-key of all the tracks on the album as it is filled with drones, slight noises and glitches, and rhythms. Based on a live performance Harmon writes, “I wanted to capture a dense, billowing exhaust sound with a variety of sounds working their way through the backdrop.” By the way, the liner notes on this release are perhaps the most complete I have ever read.
Even though “The Truth is Illusive” brings some sort peace, “Objective, Subjective, and the Connective Thread” snaps the listener right out of that. Harmon writes that this Vasectomy Party album was based on a conversation on our views versus the universal truths and what connects us all. The second track which is the shortest of the three tracks is filled with cut-up harsh noise. This is the music your mother feared you would listen to.
“Searching for Commonality” wraps up Vasectomy Party’s wonderful The Truth is Illusive. For a noise record, it is odd that so much of this album might be accessible to those who do not like noise. Filled with glitch, noise, and phone noises in looped in the background, Harmon demonstrates the difficulty that individuals have in connecting with the greater society. Harmon writes, “A tenuous connective thread perhaps, but enough to inspire me to see these tracks through completion (rather than just junking them, which is often the case).”
Aritst: Vasectomy Party
Title: The Truth is Illusive
Netlabel: Control Valve
Release Date: February 2015
License: Creative Commons
Download mp3: zip