Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Guilty Pleasures

Posted By on Wed, Nov 10, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Industrial music isn’t all PVC and zipper masks. Sure, the genre’s dangerous. It’ll cut out your kidneys, wrap you in plastic and ship your straight-laced ass off to Real Sex #38. But if its more extreme elements are cut with equal parts danceability and rock ’n’ roll, industrial can kick up a kinetic and irresistibly sleazy energy. Detroit’s Haf/Life understands. Guilty Pleasures’ programmed drill press drums, grinding electric guitar drop-ins, and unifying synthesizer splooge build strobe-lit platforms for vocalist MD20/20 to preach from; down with dirty sex and living up to his nickname, he doesn’t so much sing as constantly lick your face. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult slithers through the back alleys of “Detroit Underground,” while “Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean They’re Not After You” and “Freakdown” aim for the giddy, greasy head rush of White Zombie. Pleasures could use more guitar, to offset the constantly swirling programming. And Haf/Life is occasionally limited by its own grimy libido, hammering away relentlessly when we could use a breather. But the choruses are shoutable — “If you wanna fuck me/Well here I am!” — and the beats are hard and danceable, making the record a guilty pleasure indeed.

Johnny Loftus writes about music for Metro Times. E-mail l[email protected].


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Johnny Loftus

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2022 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation