The Wire - p.56
"Here Haino and Ruins percussionist Yoshida rebuild a radically reinvented rock structure from the ground up....NEW RAP showcases the intense interplay of Haino's jabbering guitar and otherworldly vocals with Yoshida's astounding drumming."
Keiji Haino: Keiji Haino (vocals, guitar); Tatsuya Yoshida.
Personnel: Tatsuya Yoshida (drums).
Recording information: Orange Music, NJ (2005).
Photographer: Scott Irvine .
Avant-garde guitarist Keiji Haino's partnership with Ruins drummer and founder member Tatsuyo Yoshida is, as you'd expect, an ear-splitting, mind-bending atonal and percussive onslaught. Yoshida's splintered drumming is more than a match for Haino's bizarre, disjointed guitar and vocal rants--but though you'd never categorize this music as sensitive, it's thought-provoking and frequently surprisingly empathetic. And, though the tracks are named after well-known Manhattan thoroughfares, nervous visitors may be assured that they're rarely as chaotic as they're sonically portrayed here.