Every Record I Own - Day 328: Dog Faced Hermans Mental Blocks For All Ages
I can’t say enough great things about Dog Faced Hermans. As I mentioned here on Tumblr four years ago, I bought my first album by the Scottish/Dutch punk band in high school simply because they were on the early ‘90s Alternative Tentacles roster, and I’d buy pretty much anything in their catalog at that time. Dog Faced Hermans wound up being one of the few bands on the label that didn’t do much for me, but I held on to the CD because even though it didn’t necessarily excite me, it did pique my curiosity. The four-piece blended bass-heavy post-punk, scratchy no-wave, jazz, and various niches of world music into this rowdy, odd-time clatter. For a frame of reference, the band were friends, collaborators, and occasional tour mates with artists like The Ex and pre-Tubthumping Chumbawamba.
The band finally clicked for me in the early ‘00s, and then I became obsessed. Colin McLean’s basslines provided a gritty, compelling foundation to the songs. Andy Moor’s guitar playing was dissonant and unorthodox, or perhaps it’s better to describe it as innovative and compelling. Marion Coutts’ vocals added a human warmth to the racket, and her anarchist-leaning lyrics came across more empathetic than her male colleagues’ diatribes. Wilf Plum’s drumming was agile but forceful. Every member had a masterful touch.
Mental Blocks For All Ages was their third album, released in 1991. This is a reissue from Mississippi Records from 2007. Looking for an entry point for the album? Start here.