ALBUM PREMIERE: RINSE & REPEAT “FIG. 3” EP
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Freaked-out Tustin duo Rinse & Repeat are about to put out their Fig. 3 EP on Burger, and it’s the latest in a series of increasingly frantic not-quite-terrestrial post-punk, or maybe post-post-punk? Garden fans will find a lot to recognize on Fig. 3, but there’s a lot of other stuff bubbling around in Rinse & Repeat’s high-speed minds—Devo technicality and Devo techno-mythology, some of the Deadbeats’ frontal-assault surrealism, goth-gone-Gary Wilson basement melodrama, even some wild-eyed 1984-style cyberpunk synthesizer insanity. (Also: very appropriate recorded-on-the-moon production style.) Fig. 3 finishes with a Looney Tunes instrumental salute to Pee Wee Herman, surely a major inspiration to the band.
Naturally, the band comes with its own bizarro backstory, reproduced here in its cryptic entirety: “The story of two young Suds.Their planet has been destroyed by a hive mind bacteria known as Cyclites. Cyclites mutates ones mind into repeating all ways of life, not letting the mind progress in accordance to natural law, slowly killing any species it infects. They stumble on to Earth as it is the last hope in the Galaxy. The only way to stop this bacteria is by listening to Rinse & Repeat, and by doing the Worble Wobble. Stay Sanitized Suds!”