Sunday, November 14, 2010

Einstein's Riceboys - Civil Rice (1983, QL)

I didn't know much about this record going into it, but for some reason I had the notion that Civil Rice was going to have some serious full-tilt hardcore punk in store.  Turns out I was only 9% on the mark, with merely the whirlwind, minute-plus "Black Fag" matching the loud and fast ideal I had assumed was going to be the prevailing modus operandi here.  Hailing from Milwaukee, Einstein's Riceboys were in actuality a synth-reared post-punk cabal, and not a very catchy one at that.  Fusing together elements from their side of the pond (Devo, Pere Ubu) and the other (Gang of Four), the Riceboys sport their homegrown, DIY tomfoolery to an iidiosyncratic fault.  Civil Rice is an often incohesive, art-punk mess, though not quite the full-on disaster that some of it's sketchier moments lead you to believe is beckoning just around the corner.

01. Time and Insomnia
02. Vertigo
03. Massacre of Love
04. Living Screen
05. Morbid Orbit
06. Stranger in My Room
07. Overtown
08. Black Fag
09. Electric Chair
10. Bloated Life
11. Out of It


Robert 'DJ RAF' Feutz said...

Thanks for the Riceboys! I live just outside MKE and was in highschool when these boys were playing out in the pubs & clubs. I'm re-posting this on my blogspot (credit given to you) along w/ the Riceboys' 1981 release 'Milk Of Amnesia'(to be uploaded soon).

j k keck said...

Thanks for posting this.

Einstein's Riceboys rocked Madison, WI in the early 1980s

Todd Rusch and his brother Sheldon were from Wauwatosa, WI and singer Steve Whalen was from Beaver Dam, WI.

Todd is in Austin.

Sheldon is here.

Steve Whalen is still in Milwaukee and has played in Cherry Cake and with Boy Dirt Car.

Petty Vendetta said...

Thanks Spavid-
Picked this one up from a local record shop in Hartford Ct around the time it was released. Never really knew anything about the Riceboys, and it's been ages since I've heard "bloated life"...remembered a few of the lyrics though.


Stathis said...

Hello again,

can you please repost this LP?

Thank you very much

Best Regards
Efstathiou Stathis

Stathis said...

Thank you very much