Ninety Pound Wuss
Short Hand Operation
First off, let me dispel two worries that may initially strike you about this band. (1). Although this record is on Tooth and Nail (a Christian label), the album has no immediate references to neither God nor religion. Also, although Tooth and Nail are the proud founders of MxPx, this is as far from a pop-punk record as you will get. (2). The band's name, which initially brings about a feeling of shy-emo-boy rock music (Weezer?), is a good misleader, as the band is actually about hard as nails rock music, with massive hardcore rants and synthesizer breakdowns.
Ninety Pound Wuss has easily made one of the strangest CDs I have ever heard. Not only do the songs range from atmospheric space-rock to thrash, but there is also a track of nothing but four minutes of space noise. The singer manages to go from nonexistent to "scream where the Gods can hear you" in no time. The whole band seems schooled, although their music sometimes seems cluttered, and the mood changes too frequent. However, this record deserves extra points just for being made. What a strange bunch we have here. (CW/Fall 1999)
(Tooth and Nail Records -- P.O. Box 12698, Seattle, WA. 98111-4698; http://www.toothandnailrecords.com/)