I got a pretty good impression of Gameboy Physical Destruction back in 2010 on their split-EP with Royal McBee Corporation, and my only complaint was that the fun was already over after two tracks. Now, a short two years later, I am glad to have been contacted by the duo from the French city of Lyon who are now back with their first proper album… although it is quite short with only eight tracks that sum up to twenty-four minutes.
But as long as quality prevails over quantity, I am more than willing to overlook this minuscule flaw. Released on 12-Inch vinyl with a complimentary CD, it’s up to you how you want to enjoy the music. The A-Side starts with Trinaire which instantly shows that the electronic component has gone a little into the background to make more room for the noisy guitars. In fact Gameboy Physical Destruction combine the snotty energy of unbridled punk rock with the fierce guitar aggression of Nineties noise rock, and by allowing for occasional moments of weirdo electro sounds, they actually manage to come up with a sound all of their own. The opener is followed by the slightly longer Planet 93 which seamlessly continues their crazy sound. It’s only with the short François Lemonon that they surprise with unexpected electro ska punk in a way you probably have never heard before. It’s also here where I first notice that very strong French accent on their English lyrics, which furthermore adds to the charm and exoticism of their music.
The following songs also never fail to amaze, and maybe it’s the short length of the album that prevents any feelings of having already enough, but it is also highly possible that we are in the presence of two highly gifted musicians that have succeeded in creating a musical vision that is absolutely amazing and original at the same time. The drum programming may be a little simple, but its fast and straightforward attitude helps to give the music even more momentum, and leaves enough room for the guitar to unleash some of the crankiest and sickest sounds I have heard since the legendary AmRep times from way back in the past.
This is punk, noise rock and electro weirdness all rolled into one big wall of sound. It is anything but sophisticated, yet the primitive intensity of the sound combined with a really unrelenting musical approach make this self-titled debut longplayer one of the most intriguing pieces of music I have come across in a very long time!