Theoretical Record

Theoretical Record by Theoretical Girls
Released: Oct 2002
Label: Acute Records
This anthology, released in 2002 on the archival imprint Acute Records, was way overdue. For reasons that aren't entirely clear, Glenn Branca's Theoretical Girls were not included on the Brian Eno-produced No New York compilation, despite the fact that they were one of No Wave's essential outfits. Their sound veered between pointillist repetition, clanging garage-punk, and atonal maximalism overwhelming in its power and density. "Contrary Motion" and tracks like it exerted a big influence on the next generation of NYC noisemakers: Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Band of Susans and others.
Justin Farrar
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