Minny Pops, Secret Stories

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Crackling, chatoic robot rock

Minny Pops were a Dutch experimental band that soldered fizzy, crackling electronics to stern, robotic post-punk; despite the precious name, they were harsh and confrontational, relentlessly and unapologetically cold. Wally van Middledorp was no fan of enunciation: his vocals are blunt as hammers, raw thumping notes that serve as a kind of secondary percussion beneath the shards of guitar and synth. "Dolphins Spurt," the group's first Factory single, sounds like dance night at the auto factory, but for my money the real treasure is "She Said Go Go Go." It starts out with Middledorp rambling incoherently over a zombified rhythm track; in the song's final seconds, it takes a hard left, Middledorp screaming and squawking as a jagged guitar line forces to the fore. At a time when Factory was sticking slavishly to a particular formula, Minny Pops stand out as a striking, volatile anomaly.