Straight-up skull-shattering is what comes to mind after hearing Japanese noisemongers Ultra Bidé for the first time. Hyper-energetic and relentless, they never take themselves too seriously not to have fun. Their first US record in over ten years documents the trio’s dual bass and drum attack—a monster that pounds the listener into a custard donut, ever so thick and creamy, cooked by Satan. Singer / bassist Hide is the confident guide across the menacingly complicated galaxy of DNA vs. DNA-c, a perilous journey through regions of psychedelia and primal, fuzzy punk rock.
Avoiding complete obliteration by the massive blackness of outer space, Ultra Bidé heads directly toward the stratosphere. “Phase Is Massive Power Attack Weapon” feels like being cooked from the inside out by a colossal space microwave, only to awaken in the alien strobe light of “Front Line,” with its sinister space sounds chewing gruesomely through one’s viscera.
Ultra Bidé has the musicianship and vigor of heavy music experts. Hide’s vocals drive the trio’s insane dragster far past the supersonic barrier, and its vivacity is startling. These guys have been doing it since 1978 and show no signs of slowing down. The band will tour the USA and Canada this fall following the release of DNA vs. DNA-c.