Originally released as a 7" vinyl record and comic book set in 1995, MELT-BANANA's legendary, tectonic plate shifting SKiN GRAFT single is now available digitally for the first time! Includes an illustrated 18-page PDF booklet that reproduces the original 7" and comic book set packaging, including lyrics, band photos and bonus features.
Three songs of genre-defying bliss from Tokyo's new heads of class. Recorded by ZENI GEVA's KK.Null, it's so addictive, the record just sucks the needle down into the grooves again and again and again!
"Ichirou Agata’s guitars don’t really sound like guitars. Dentist drills, rayguns, belt sanders? Sure. But guitars? Rarely. In the early days, I’m not convinced they were even played in an actual key. Even on the band’s more stripped-down recordings, there are few moments in which he plays a basic chord. There are couple of those on “It’s In The Pillcase,” one of the most direct, urgent blasts of noisecore on the band’s 1995 album Scratch Or Stitch (and featured in an even more frenetic version on the earlier selfsame SKiN GRAFT single and comic book set), but they’re fleeting, mostly overwhelmed by high-pitched tremolo-picked riffs, pickslides, and high-on-the-neck fretwork. Vocalist Yasuko Onuki holds her own, however, her vocals a fast-moving staccato chant more than actual singing and a piercing counterpoint to the guitars. Taken at face value this might not be too far removed from vintage Napalm Death - whose debut was only released seven years before this track - though Melt-Banana’s interpretation is much weirder and more alien."
- from Stereogum's "30 Essential Noise Rock Tracks"
PDF booklet includes cover art by cartoonist Rob Syers, comics by surrealist Sonny Rosenberg & SKiN GRAFT Editor In Chief Mark Fischer, plus a double page spread of Yasuko's hand-written lyrics and additional bonus features! Recorded by Zeni Geva's KK.Null.
Front and Back Covers by Rob Syers
Aesthetic Deficit by Sonny Rosenberg
Crabby-Love Sue Hero by Mark Fischer
Lyric Spread by Yasuko Onuki
+ A different recording of the song "It's In The Pillcase" appears on the LP "Scratch Or Stitch" produced by Jim O'Rourke and Steve Albini.
+ The SKiN GRAFT produced Melt-Banana T-shirts from this period featured this single's cover art on the front and an original design (also by Rob Syers) on the back!
supported by 8 fans who also own “It's In The Pillcase (Single and Comic Book Set)”
This album is an ingenious jigsaw puzzle of diverse musical influence held together by taut strings of raw musicianship. Appreciable on so, so many levels. The fact that it was assembled and memorized for one performance blows my mind. Stunning. I once sweatily and drunkenly hugged Ed after a show. I don't think he much appreciated it, but I wear it like a badge. albinobone