Ninja High School

    Young Adults Against Suicide

    3

    Coming
    over as a slightly less talented Har Mar Superstar, lead singer
    (rapper? shouter?) Matt Collins is nails on a chalkboard for the new
    millennium. “I read a lot of dense post-structuralist theory and art
    criticism, so there’s a lot of stuff about combining ethics and
    aesthetics that I’m trying to not be verbose about,” he says in the
    press release for his group’s debut, Young Adults Against Suicide.
    I’m not really sure which part of that applies to “you’re going home in
    a fucking ambulance,” but I am sure that the only time this guy has
    sent anyone home in an ambulance was when the strobe lights on his
    performance piece sent that person into a seizure.

    [more:]

     

    If
    I feel a slight hesitation to totally trash Ninja High School, it does
    not come from the band’s music, which is a strange failure of hip-hop,
    dance-punk and drum-heavy collage, but rather from the band’s
    philosophy. The Toronto-based group works out of a desire to party and
    have an all-inclusive good time, which isn’t going to hurt anyone too
    soon. I have no doubt that sticking a hundred people in a room made for
    ten and letting five performers run around chanting innocuous lyrics
    over pre-recorded drum loops makes for said good time. But putting on
    this record is a journey into the seedy hipster underbelly, where anger
    is replaced by ironic yelling and “Banana Boat Song” becomes fodder for
    the band’s convenient wrath.

     

    There
    is bad music here, to be sure, and although the intentions are good,
    they are expressed in the now-common nihilism of our generation, where
    nothing is sacred and everything is a joke. It makes for a regrettable
    display of partying for the sake of saying you’re different. It’s time
    we realized that different and better are not necessarily a package
    deal.

     

    “Shake It Off” MP3

     

    “Purpose Not By Plan” MP3

     

    “NHS Is Gonna Rock You” MP3

     

    Ninja High School Web site

     

    Tomlab Records Web site

     

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