Moron Parade – Heat Slap

Moron Parade
Heat Slap

I will be the first to admit, I am always a little skeptical when I get a CD-R demo album in a plain white paper sleeve and an insert that was printed in a hardly visible fashion directly from some guy’s computer, but you never know when or where you are going to find a shiny gem amongst all the other dull and disposable crap. So, where exactly does Moron Parade end up? Well…
Apparently, Moron Parade was created in September of 2000 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Band members came at the project from a variety of musical backgrounds; from indie and hardcore, to classical and jazz. That sense of diversity is obvious throughout all 21 songs on Heat Slap. “One Note” opens with a fuzzy dose of garage punk as multiple voices chant, “It would be so easy if every song we had only had one note!” But these guys know a lot more than just one note, as that little ditty is followed by the pop-meets-post-rock of “Permanente.” Things continue this way, like a roller coaster you are blindly riding for the first time. You have no idea what you are about to suffer through, and you can’t be certain of whether you will complete the journey without losing your lunch, but you buckle up and take off anyway.
It is the mid-tempo pop tunes like “Bite My Tongue,” “Indie Rock Sunday,” “Through the Heart,” “Never Done Anything,” and numerous others that tend to dominate the album and stand out as highlights. But the band is consistently filled with energy, whether it is cranking out peppy numbers like the excellent “Mints!” and “Millions of Prizes,” or more droning numbers like “2x Twice,” “Feel My Rom,” and “EC8,” or noisy Sonic Youth-esque jams like “Ans.” There are also some oddball experimental moments like the peculiar voice samples of “Tennis Locum.” “Pajamas” has a twangy folk feel to it, while “Leave Me Alone” and “Understand” are quiet acoustic numbers. Yes, this is equally as, if not more absurd and unpredictable as it seems.
What ends up impressing you is the fact that an unheard-of and unsigned band was able to create this many unique musical nuggets. Many of the tracks are extremely short, making the fact that there are 21 of them a little easier to swallow. If you enjoy digging for diamonds in the rough, this one is for you. The album itself is going to be tough to find, and within it you have some searching to do as far as which tracks are worth treasuring.