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'The Suicidal Sounds of...' Pork Chop Party

'The Suicidal Sounds of...' Pork Chop Party

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Obscure music enthusiasts, particularly those of you who are interested in roots music, may have come across the existence of one Anto Macaroni. More than his name, there is a better chance you would recognize the names by which his handful of musical endeavors are known. First, there is the one-man broken blues shenanigans of Made for Chickens by Robots; then the three-headed, six-armed and six-legged Meximotown beast called The Puta Madre Brothers; after that, the '70s spy movie jazz and wacky rock of The Impossible No Goods; and, of course, his most recent undertaking - the odd-acoustic slow country of Pork Chop Party.

7" record by Pork Chop Party
7" record by Pork Chop Party
courtesy of Off Label Records

Having written and recorded a fair amount of material since forming Pork Chop Party, these two Australian gents - Anto Macaroni and Pinky Blue (aka Merle Buggered and Randy Oldman) - released a two-song 7" on Germany's Off Label Records, titled The Suicidal Sounds of...Pork Chop Party. Side A is the song "Walking Backwards," a laggy, lugubrious piece of countrified weirdness, with vocals by Macaroni. And Side B, "Sad, Horny and Blue," this one with Blue at the helm, is a melancholic, sweaty acoustic number. As original as it is, this is the sort of music on which it is rather difficult to slap a label. For all intents and purposes it is probably wise to simply go with how Pork Chop Party describe their own sound: "scum bag cough medicine suicide-prevention country music" and "countrypolitan."

Since releasing The Suicidal Sounds of...Pork Chop Party, Macaroni and Blue have also made available a four-song EP titled Excess Debris, and a full-length album titled Illuminations for Jumpers, Pokers and Chokers. But the 7" through Off Label Records is good place to start as introductions to this band's music is concerned. Enjoy!