Never Breathe What You Can't See
- Released: October 18, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Alternative Tentacle
Alternative Press - p.106"[Biafra's] politically charged lyrics are often insightful. The Melvins help keep the music varied..." - 3 out of 5
Mojo (Publisher) - p.994 stars out of 5 - "[Biafra's] still the king of agit-punk satire. The Melvins provide the strongest backing he's had in years."
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Jello Biafra: Jello Biafra; Osama Benet Milosevic (guitar); George W. McVeigh (bass instrument); Saddam Disney.
Personnel: Osama McDonald (vocals); Saddam Disney (guitar, drums, percussion); Jon Benet Milosevic, Adam Jones (guitar); Lady Monster, Wendy O-Matik, Tom Five, Adrienne Droogas, Johnny NoMoniker, John The Baker, Jesse Luscious, King Buzzo, Ali G. North, Loto Ball (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Adam Jones (guitar); Wendy D-Matik (background vocals); Ali G. North.
Audio Mixer: Tosh Kasai.
Recording information: Hook Studios, L.A; Hyde St. Studios, S.F; Mothra's Cave.
NEVER BREATHE WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE pairs underground icon and former Dead Kennedys vocalist Jello Biafra with the grungy alternative metal band the Melvins (the Washington-based group that influenced Mudhoney and Nirvana). Biafra and the Melvins are a great combination: the album is quick-witted and topically insightful, yet balanced by crunchy Black Sabbath-inspired riffs and gleeful hard-rock posturing. There are equal doses here of thoughtful irony, social critique, and sheer head-banging fun, and the result far exceeds both Biafra's often long-winded spoken-word outings and the Melvin's dark sludgefests.
Biafra has long been one of music's most uncompromising spokesmen, and his special knack for skewering public figures, politicians, and the shallower aspects of American culture is in full flower on this project. "The Lighter Side of Global Terrorism" ridicules post-9/11 "heightened security" in the U.S. via a character sketch of an airport security guard. "Islamic Bomb" calls the Bush administration to task on foreign policy, while "Yuppie Cadillac" is a glorious dose of nose-thumbing at the trappings of wealth and social status. Biafra's trademark sneer and whine complement the Melvins' heavy thunder, bringing together two sides of subversion: acerbic lyrical wit, and the visceral assault of heavy rock.
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