Scizzorman is Terry J Vinci, drummer and producer from Perth, Australia, who like many other acts from ‘down under’ shows a penchant for quirky, off-kilter musical combinations. SCHIZoPHoNiC is actually two things at the same time it is an album, but is also two split EP’s (Introvert and Outrovert), you take a pick. But do pick it up. Or them. Whichever.
Why? Because Terry, along with the help of his son Adrian and two other Perth cohorts comes up with a left-field musical combination that actually works – anywhere between the early Go-Betweens (they were from Brisbane, but no matter) and mutant funk of James Chance & The Contortions. A bit of New York cool for good measure, I guess.
You don’t have to go any further than “Them (are not The Us)” or “Skin” to hear Vinci’s subtle beat combinations that never overpower the melody lines, that take a direction of their own. No musings about James Joyce or Jack Kerouack, akin to Go-Betweens Robert Forster, but Vinci does go through some serious stuff like climate change and social upheaval in his lyrics and does well in that respect too.
At a first listen SCHIZoPHoNiC seems a bit unassuming, but turns out to be one of those albums that seem to be coming back to your music playing system whether you want it or not.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: SCIZZORMAN – SCHIZOPHONIC