Mike Patton (Fantomas, Faith No More, Peeping Tom) and cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy) Weigh in on Otto Von Schirach's Booty-Shaking, Skull-Crushing Latest.
Otto is quite simply one of a kind, yet he is anything but simple,” says Mike Patton, Fantomas, Faith No More and Peeping Tom (among others) vocalist and founder of Ipecac Recordings. “He can make your booty shake while crushing your skull. This is my idea of a dance party!” Patton hand-picked and sequenced in his own mix of songs culled from a 38-track disc of new Otto Von Schirach recordings, resulting in the critically-revered album Maxipad Detention.
Likewise, cEvin (sic) Key of industrial music legends Skinny Puppy -- with whom Von Schirach is currently working on a new album -- enthuses, “I like that Otto's music is metal but electro, really unique sounding. Like that ****ed up Oktoberfest beer garden sound mish-mashed with slurp-metal and Aphex Twin's mutant sister on drums... Maxipad Detention is the best LP I have heard in ages that isn't reggae.”
Not only have these musical innovators lined up behind the Ipecac debut of the Miami based IDM artist, the album has been declared “Album of the Month” in the German edition of Vice Magazine. The recording received a perfect 10/10 rating from the notoriously picky publication. XLR8R Magazine has also weighed in, rating the album number one of its editorial office's “Top Ten Album Picks” for July 2006.
With track titles like “Tea Bagging the Dead” and “Cantaloupe Syphilis Gravy” on Maxipad Detention, it seems quite apparent that Von Schirach is reaching out to embrace an older, mellower, Barry Manilow adoring demographic on his latest album...OK, maybe not.
However, Maxipad Detention is certainly more immediately accessible beyond the IDM & Electronic communities in which the artist has become famous. Throughout the album's tracks, Von Schirach gives nods to Booty Bass, Gore Grind, IDM Glitch, Electro Bass Noise, Calliope, Breakcore Gabber Jungle, Gangsta Rap... and even some genres not yet invented. Fans of Von Schirach's previous frantic noise-outings will immediately recognize his “Exquisite Corpse” approach to composing, and fans of Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Kid 606, DJ Assault, et al., will appreciate its humor and schizophrenic character.
“While not necessarily our favorite choice for a hung-over Monday morning,” writes XLR8R's editors. “This eclectic, bass-oriented banger definitely has its place in the XLR8R library.” Elsewhere, D. Sirianni of New Times Broward-Palm Beach declares that the album “takes listeners through caverns of IDM, straight noise, breakcore, drum loops, and Dirty South booty jams, crafting a product that is dirty, dangerous, and fun as all hell.”
Otto Von Schirach (half Cuban / half German) was born in 1978 in the swamp-infested refugee world of Little Havana district of Miami. As a child, his grandmother practiced Santeria and White Magic, which opened his eyes to the strange and bizarre. Von Schirach grew up listening to Miami Bass, Gore Grind, Gangsta Rap and Afro Cuban Noise. In 1995, he bought his first drum machine from a crack-head just 2 blocks from his mom's house. Right away, the artist says, he recognized his passion for grimy diamond-soaked kick drums run through distorted fuzz muck.
Von Schirach released his first demo in 1998 and soon signed to a four album deal with Miami's electronic gangsters Schematic Records. Later, he released another three records on Beta Bodega with La Mano Fria under his alias El Santo. In 2003, the artist worked on the Skinny Puppy album The Greater Wrong of the Right which scored him a 57 show tour opening for them across the USA. Von Schirach confounded and confused Skinny Puppy fans night after night with his 35-minute, three costume change, ear punishing dance party. Miss Kitten hired him in 2004 to do a Gangsta Bass Sci-Fi remix of her “Professional Distortion” track, released on Nova Mute UK. Most recently, the prolific Von Schirach finished a Sound Library for Fixed Noise and Native Instruments entitled “OTTO” which offers over 4 GB of instruments that include construction, loops, sequences, surround, random and much more.
In Early 2005, Von Schirach sent Mike Patton (co-owner of Ipecac Recordings and Fantomas, Mr. Bungle front man) a 38-song CDR. Patton hand-picked and sequenced in his own mix, which is now Maxipad Detention an 18-track journey into gore-filled Gabber Bass Drums from beyond. After eight albums, 10,000 shows, a 4GB Sound Library and seven destroyed computers, what else is there to say? Von Schirach is currently working on a bunch of new collaborations with Venetian Snares, Doormouse, Gut, Ebola, Gouch and is also in the studio working on new ideas for the next Skinny Puppy record.
Maxipad Detention Tracklisting:
01. Toma L?quido de Ballena
02. Tea Bagging The Dead
03. Ear Ointment
04. Alligator Waltz
05. Trick Snitch (car jacking)
06. Cantaloupe Syphilis Gravy
07. MaxiPad Vegetation
08. Three Billion Electron Volts
09. Frog Gingivitis
10. Mentral Dolphin Communication
11. SubMarine Mammal Milk
12. Rumblin Cork Screw
13. Strawberry Phlegm Salad
14. The Seventh Juggler
15. Translator Kuthumi
16. Demoninize Decibel
17. Swollen Whale Abdomen
18. Levanta El Limpiador
On The Web: www.ipecac.com www.ottovonschirach.com