Dorothy – Headrush in Ohio

Headrush in Ohio

Dorothy, surprisingly, isn’t from Kansas. Actually, Dorothy is Jeremy Moss, primarily, with a little help from his friends (and we’re not talking the Scarecrow and Tin Man here). This is some massive sound, mixing in hip-hop, rap, industrial, and grungey rock to make a very unique sound. While most solo musicians either resort to just an acoustic guitar or their favorite keyboard, Moss is mixing it up Trent Reznor style, tossing out a wall of noise and spitting out lyrics and rock behind it.
“Rust” is basically a loop taken from the Wu-Tang Clan. “My method on the microphone’s banging. I leave your headpiece hanging,” repeated over and over to a hip-hop beat with some spacey synthesized sounds echoing. And then it kicks in to something between Wu-Tang and Korn, Moss getting down and spitting out the lyrics down and gritty behind a wall of distortion and some angry guitar. This one fits somewhere between industrial, rock, and rap. But what makes it better is all the sounds Moss throws in. You hear piano, guitar, synthesizers and more. Oh, and it finishes with a lounge singer, don’t ask me why.
“Jasmine Dust” on side b is much more Trent Reznor, with Moss’ voice distorted and angry, singing the lyrics behind a slower beat with piano playing repetitively but softly in the background. The lyrics lack some of the brutal angst of Reznor, instead opting for some more stream of consciousness, cryptic style. The angry lines of “Rust and gasoline / pin the joints / a razor blade scene / fingerprint / strapped and screaming” are followed by the more subtle “Silver moon / ghost light / black and blue / Jasmine dust / pray away.” I like the sound here, slowed down but more electronic than Nine Inch Nails but still with all the bitterness.
One thing to note with this 7-inch. It is supposed to be played at 33 rpm. However, at 45 rpm, it sounds like sped-up, electronic-distortion industrial. So, luckily enough, this record can be enjoyed at either speed on your turntable. And it comes on pretty clear-green vinyl! Moss is composing some original industrial noise rock rap hybrid that is really interesting and definitely turns back the days to Reznor’s Pretty Hate Machine hayday and Ministry’s brutal reign as lords of industrial. You know, this is where Marilyn Manson and Korn got all that stuff from. Well, Moss does it pretty damn well. And you know we can never get enough industrial, dammit!