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Every week, before I can put this strip together, I have to think of what to “hang” the thing on, as in storyline, visual gimmick, and so on. Sometimes I rely on an accumulated arsenal of characters and artwork, self-made, clipped, etc., but other times, an idea will just fall right into my lap, seemingly from nowhere. That’s when I enjoy doing Stripwax the most. I’m in it mainly for that unexpected creative orgasmic rush.
Last week I spent a lot of time listening to “Fake Infinity
”, the sophomore elpee by Dallas aural agitators Nervous Curtains
. While researching, I found this very well-made, David Lynch-like music video the band made for “Wired To Make Waves
” and thus found that “thing” to hang the strip on: Lynch’s super-creepy “Rabbits
”. There is a rabbit theme in the video (I won’t spoil it for you here) that triggered the idea for the visual vehicle in the comic this week, but more importantly, when you drill down deep into the psychosis of “Rabbits” after spending some time with “Fake Infinity” you quickly realize how strong the similarities are between the two projects, despite being years apart. “Fake Infinity” is a coldly beautiful recording, with melodies built upon organic and often perfectly-chosen discordant piano notes that give the songs their humanity. It’s the electronics and primal rhythms that bring the dread and intense feeling of alienation. The formula works; Nervous Curtains have created a sound that is truly unique and unlike anything being made at the moment. If you require a reference point, think newer-wave, and think about this: Trent Reznor is at his special best when he seamlessly splices organics with synthetics and dischord, resulting in gorgeously qualmish music. Nervous Curtains are perfecting that same process.
Oh, and David Lynch, if you ever want to do a rock and roll “Rabbits” sequel, hire these guys for the soundtrack.