Wednesday, August 8, 2012

EPILEPTIX - Greatest Fits LP

Fumbling through the punk selection at a local shop notorious for selling bootlegs of anything and everything, that from what I understand got them shut down...  Ohh yeah, this is right when this record came out in 1999, and, well, fascist Adolf E. Newman kind of jumps out to your face.  I didn't know who the Epileptix even were.  Flip the record around, do the inspection and not only is this cover awesome (so awesome my cat chewed the corner off) it is local.  Must buy pile it is.
You might be thinking Epi-who? and why do they need a greatest hits lp?  Honest truth, they don't need a "Greatest Fits" and this isn't a compilation of previous material from their EP EP or Self Hate ep or the Druggies split either.  These songs stand on their own with this LP and were released after the Epileptix were wandering the empty corridors of Detroit making snot nosed noise with a finger in the air.  Then there is the burning question of who the hell are the Epileptix?  The members have a reputation for their post Epileptix projects like Clone Defects, Piranhas, Human Eye and Timmy's Organism.  Those names probably ring a bell.  If you desire to get with the maturation process of these songsters this is where you begin.
As you travel backwards from current Timmy Vulgar projects and Piscis Clangor the spectrum of sound narrows as you pinpoint the Epileptix sound. What emerges is some well crafted KBD styled punk with the attitude to match.  I mean they put a live recording of "Bummer Bitch" that fits in like part of the camouflage.  If you have grabbed Timmy's Orgamism's recent LP, Raw Sewage Roq, Timmy channels the punk fury of Epileptix with "Poor And Bored".The track might even be a shelved Epileptix tune.  Jumping back 15 years you get some unbridled juvenile lyrics and angsty vibes.  "Pep Rally Massacre" addresses every young punks favorite establishment gripe, the social hierarchy of high school and it must be brought down.  Frighteningly vivid ultra violence is the tool to destroy the system too.  Murder, rape and cannibalism!  Add another tally to the offensive column.  Suicide is a recurring theme that is paired with
shoveling psychotropic chemistry down your
throat and, a Timmy staple, alien experimentation.  Vulgar is still spewing out these ideas and solutions to this day.  Aliens are all over Human Eye and check out "Brain Zip" for mental and emotional torture that pills will
erase.  Self destructive death wish carries on in
"Wastoid" where they sobered up just long
enough to write down the lyrics.  Blackouts,
puking and fighting.  All that's missing is glue
 huffing for the crowning reckless abandon of
 punk.  Despite all of this destructive hedonism
there is a negative viewpoint of the junkie
lifestyle in "She's A Junkie".  Everything the
Epileptix hate in the punk scene is called out in
"Homo Core Riot Girls".  Everything they are
disillusioned with is damn near everything.  Pop
culture taking abite out of the underground,
hypocritical behavior that is unchecked simply
because it is PC, a lack of enthusiasm from the bored look from emo and straight edge and self righteous trend hoppers without an ounce of integrity.  The year each song was written is in the liner notes.  Maybe it's not that interesting, but I appreciate that addition.
There could be a trademark put on Ian's guitar work.  If you subtract the keyboards from Piranhas' Garbage Can EP the end result is a hop skip and a jump from Epileptix.  The take here is more primitive and punches a little more punk rock attitude.  Quicker tempos and straight forward ballsy riffs and pounding drums add even more furious punk style with the occasional use of a little melody.


I don't want to cry wolf but a couple years ago Timmy put out a call for people with Epileptix photos flyers to get in touch.  Possible rumblings of a discography.  It's been some time since I have heard any mention of this and is probably on the back burner indefinitely.  Keep your eyes peeled none the less if you like what you hear here.

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