Kieronononon – Three Man Party EP (Roxxor Records)
Certainly a record that lives up to its title, Kieronononon’s fourth EP again falls under their “brutaltechnopunk” label of previous releases. Fun is the name of the game and it sounds like the band are on an all-week bender with Oliver Reed, George Best and David Hasselhoff. Sounding like ‘Egg Raid On Mojo’-era Beastie Boys flirting with pounding techno beats and machine gun guitars, they never let the listener settle; endings are abrupt and songs eclectic.
Allegedly, Kieronononon are the best thing to emerge from Hull since Dean Windass. A comparison to a 40-year-old footballer of limited ability and bovine physique would seem somewhat misguided, but herein lays an example of the band’s rather arbitrary attitude to self-image. An elusive proposition they may be, but Kieronononon are at least identifiable by their broad oeuvre and obvious vitality. A freewheeling brand of mischief permeates the grungy Three Man Party, and the absurdity of a couplet like “don’t forget the cake/it’s a chocolate cake” is effective in a primal sort of way. The emphasis on obscure ramblings curtails the impact of the EP, but Kieronononon's musical promiscuity shows a refreshing lack of vanity.