In 10th grade I ventured to the now-defunct Academy in New York City to see They Might Be Giants, saviors of experimental pop quirkiness. The show was a rollicking good time, and afterwards, heading towards the subway, I walked directly into a tree.
Uz Jsme Doma, rockers from the Czech Republic, sound a bit like TMBG’s less catchy material. Add a heaping teaspoon of the Boredoms, Big Flame, and Mr. Bungle, and you’ve got Ears, Doma’s latest recording. Amidst shouts at variable volume, hearty Eastern-European drinking songs emerge, only to be redirected down a punk-rock tunnel of tooting horns, with Big Black playing at 45 rpm in the background.
Ears starts off with the surprisingly catchy “Bosi,” and then continues for 41 minutes, veering into satanic dinner-theater noise at one angular corner, and bawdy, 19th century burlesque at the next.
Although definitely not for hard-core fans of mid-‘90s R&B acts like Jodeci, H-Town, and Shai, Uz Jsme Doma’s sound might appeal to fans of Dr. Demento, “Weird” Al Yankovic (first two albums only), and men with mustaches.