"Fail" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Kleen come from the same school of rock as do Oingo Boingo and Dog Fashion Disco. They've got that weird, discordant rock sound with its unusual rhythms, weird, ethereal choruses and unique style of playing. 

My favorite track on the CD is "New Chune," which sounds a lot like early Devo - and I really like early Devo. The rest of the tracks on the CD are heavier and usually even more chaotic. Some sound a bit like the work of others (the aforementioned "New Chune" and the Oingo-Boingo-ish "Security"), others are an intriguing combo of Pink Floyd and Ministry ("Funny") and still others will have you scratching your head in wonder (the strangely near hard-core "Channel"). 

If the individual parts aren't all that original, the sum of them certainly is. You may hear trappings of some of your favorite bands on "Fail," but you're still not likely to sound anything too familiar in the complete songs. Still, the band's bizarre music may be an acquired taste; it certainly isn't for everyone, especially those who like their rock'n'roll a little more straight-forward.

Stay tuned after track #7 for the hidden track, which could be the theme song for any David Lynch movie. 

Kleen: John Rapp, Brett Tollis, Ruben Arroyo, Josh Hudson.

For more information, check out http://www.kleen-la.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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