8/31/11

MENSU - MENSTRUATION


MENSTRUATION is a 1993 noisy post-punk/no wave album by the mysterious (me being lazy: i don't know anything about the band) band MENSU. it is my assumption that the band is probably all female. maybe i'm wrong, but with this sound it just seems likely. anyways, the vocalist bark and breaths and moans sexually. basically she's either trying to seduce the listener or mimic a macaw the entire album; it's really incredible. some of my favorite vocals that i've encountered in a while. really crazy stuff here. another thing is that the vocals seem to be barked over a megaphone or something, because they're muted and they have a mechanical distortion sound to them.

it also has a light no wave influence. once or twice on the album you can hear jazzy guitar or piano. the whole thing kinda reminds me of Non Band if Non Band wasn't so painfully kawaii.

most certainly grab this if you like really angry/sexy girly punk.


1. MY FUNNY CHRISTMAS
2. LUNA
3. MENSES
4. UTERNAGY
5. MARBLE
6. LOFTY
7. GARACHIA
8. LIFE
9. PILLET


ENJOY

6 comments:

  1. Apart from this release, MENSU also had a track on the "Some Girls" comp. among acts like STILL and CHINATSU KUZUU.

    I also think Haruhiko Ash (THE ZOLGE, EVE OF DESTINY) might have been involved with this group in some way ...as a producer or something like that.

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  2. when I first listen to this I did not know the genre of the vocalist, then I saw that was in fact a girl(thank youtube)... also, I found the voice very similar to GEIL's vocalist alice(of whom I'm still in doubt about the genre)...

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  3. Speaking of Alice ...wasn't Amaryllis singer also called Alice? I think she released a pretty early Jp hip-hop album as "Alice Sailor", haha!

    Also, Alice from GEIL is thanked on a certain Japanese hardcore record ...I think it's MATSUJI's "Dead Voice" EP, though I'm not 100% sure.

    Finally, this super-obscure 80:s goth band called EINSEX (still active today!) had a male singer called Alice, haha!

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  4. i'm also kinda unsure of GEIL's vocalist's sex. it's most certainly a feminine voice, but it's also rather deep.

    but when i heard mensu's vocalist i automatically thought it was female. i guess i just have good intuition. 8)

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  5. Thanks for posting this!

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  6. THANKS for the post! Very interesting band.

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