Coming from Alternative Tentacles—the label nurtured by former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra—one might expect Triclops! to have the same fast and furious style as super-sweet punk bands like Leftover Crack or Fleshies. After all, Triclops!’ lead singer is the Fleshies own Johnny No Moniker.
Well, you’ll find none of the super crass songs about smoking crack and killing police officers, or any of his riotous anthems on this album. Out of Africa is drawn out with songs averaging about five minutes, each continuously building up to a climax that, in true prog rock fashion, never seems to transpire—which can be pretty damn aggravating. “March of the Half Babies” might have been something amazing if they cut the buildup and spent the last two and a half minutes just trying to rock out. For chrissake, distorted vocals and backtracks of crying babies don’t make you want to jump around—they just make you want to muzzle babies.
After the first couple of songs, however, tracks like “Cassava” and “Duende War” start to gain a little honest slamtastic stout. And who knows, if Triclops!’ live performance is anything as outrageously entertaining as the Fleshies’ was at Total Fest last year, you might want to pay attention.
Triclops! plays Total Fest Saturday, Aug. 16, at 9 PM at the Badlander.