Paris Suit Yourself

My Main Shitstain

by Jer Fairall

10 April 2011

 
cover art

Paris Suit Yourself

My Main Shitstain

(Big Dada)
US: 1 Mar 2011
UK: 14 Feb 2011

Asked by a fawning female admirer how he writes women so effectively, Melvin Udall, the misanthropic novelist played by Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets responds “I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.”  Similarly devoted to alienating any reasonable person, it would seem, Paris Suit Yourself appear to approach writing music by subtracting any trace of form, melody, rhythmic consistency, excitement, emotional resonance and animating purpose.  Instead, this French/American/German hybrid uses its appalling debut album, My Main Shitstain, as a shapeless platform for flailing about in any manner of directions except those that might lead anywhere listenable or engaging.  Near impossible as it may be to guess at the motivations of a band not seemingly devoted to any meaning beyond its own obnoxious whims, PSY seem to be reaching for some kind of mishmash of Gang Of Four’s angular funk rock, Roxy Music’s arty flourishes and TV On The Radio’s expansive multicultural palette, but without any sense of unifying coherence or even the faintest hint of knowledge of how to put a song together.  The lyrics seem to make the occasional hint at some kind of political or historical statement—one song is titled after executed anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl, so there’s that—but good luck trying to extract any message when the presentation is this garbled.

My Main Shitstain

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times.

//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Counterbalance: Elvis Costello's 'Imperial Bedroom'

// Sound Affects

"History repeats the old conceits, the glib replies, the same defeats. Keep your finger on important issues, and keep listening to the 275th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1982 masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

READ the article