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Prick
THE WRECKARD
(LUCKY PIERRE MUSIC)

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Prick achieved a certain level of notoriety in the mid í90s when the glammy industrial act inked a deal with Trent Reznorís nothing label. In essence the alter ego of Clevelandís Kevin McMahon, the project toured as the opening act on the 1995 David Bowie/NiN tour and scored a minor alternative-radio hit with the mechanical, bone-crunching "Animal." Creative differences apparently got in the way of McMahonís releasing a follow-up to Prickís homonymous 1995 album on nothing, so last summer he made The Wreckard available through his Web site, www.prickmusic.com, and at live shows.

Now the disc is more widely available through McMahonís Lucky Pierre Music, and itís not hard to understand why nothing balked. Like Reznorís ambitiously experimental Nine Inch Nails disc The Fragile (nothing/Interscope), The Wreckard forgoes radio-friendly industrial rock for severely twisted sonic foundations and a radical cut-and-paste æsthetic. Heavy distortion diffracts any hint of melody in the choruses of "Without It" and "Three Rings"; "Wet Cat" screeches like the subject of its title, and "I Know Itís Gonna Hurt" unleashes a pain-inducing blast of lo-fi industrialized punk rock. On the easier-listening side, McMahon balances the noise storms with artfully Bowie-esque pop songs. Indeed, he emulates the Thin White Dukeís swaggering vocal affectations with eerie precision on "Into My Arms," crafts Ziggy-style glam riffs on "Actress," and brings to mind Hunky DoryĖera Bowie on the forlorn piano ballad "Universe."

(Prick headline next Thursday, May 29, downstairs at the Middle East with Either and White Light Motorcade; call 617-864-EAST.)

BY ANNIE ZALESKI

Issue Date: May 23 - 29, 2003
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