NO USE FOR HUMANS - Index Of Fecal-Oral Transmission

No Use For Humans - Index Of Fecal-Oral Transmission

10 songs
40:39 minutes
***** ***


It’s been five years since I reviewed No Use For Humans’ self-titled debut album, and even though its successor Index Of Fecal-Oral Transmission came out already in 2008, it took it another two years to find its way finally to me. The weirdness hasn’t gone, it’s probably even increased on this strange album that is unusually hard to categorise.

Led by drummer Steve Honoshowsky, who’s also in charge of the bass guitar, the music is driven by his nervous drumming and strong use of percussive elements, but keyboarder Sean Wegeler and guitarist Mike Biskup also have non-negligible parts to play. You might just describe their instrumental music as progressive rock, but that’s such a vast term that you still wouldn’t know what to expect. The guitar and keyboards add strong fusion jazz rock touches that are counteracted by the drums and percussion that are all over the place. This strange concoction feels at times as if Hella were recording a Seventies prog rock album.

Index Of Fecal-Oral Transmission is not an easy album to listen to, but you guess alright if you think that this is exactly where its charm lies. Hardly aimed at an undemanding audience that prefers today’s fast food music, No Use For Humans are one of the rare bands that prefer to create complex music that lets you discover new details every time you listen to it.

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