Gritty dance music to turn a basement show into a sweaty rave.
Klein has cooked up punk dance music out of various setups. He didn't even own a computer early in his career, making tracks with whatever hardware he could cobble together. That eventually changed. "I ended up selling all my gear," he recently told the Miami New Times. "I would tour with just a laptop and a little synth." For Bathroom Wall, he's back to the machines, recording modular synthesizer straight-to-tape.
The new workflow yields compelling results. On "The Worst Band in The World" and "American Gut," he finds a nasty groove and lets it ride, but the limitless tweaking at-hand via the modular brings out subtleties absent in previous material. Elsewhere he touches on power electronics ("Rather Be Your Enemy") and in-the-red dance floor fare ("Pushing Your Luck".) But on the remarkable closer, "Poor Me Another," he marshals a handful of modular lines into a twisted, 106-BPM funk. It's dance music that could transform a basement show into a sweaty rave.