They're just like the honey badger. They don't care. They do what they want.
With eight full lengths under their belt over the last decade, Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly continue to delight with their anti-pop art noise in ways that make most people shudder, shake their heads, and scream. Beets, Limes and Rice plays just like that. You pick the column you belong in best.
Never mind much of the album was written with a dark cloud still hanging over their heads after the loss of their longtime friend Beau Velaso, former member of Death Set, two years ago. Japanther did Velaso proud, dropping a reference in Yellow Lighter but never allowing themselves to wallow. (Neither did Death Set on the brilliant Michel Poiccard.)
"It can be particularly difficult when you're sad to write about what you want to write about without making your music sound sad and fucking boring," Vanek told Exclaim! "It's definitely still a fun record about being a young person in the world, [one] that's not afraid to die and not afraid to live."
This is the kind of vision that truly makes them one of the best self-described girl bands emulating a boy band emulating an animated girl band in the world. And Beets, Limes and Rice is one of the best albums ever written about catharsis and love, just like Vanek and Reilly promised. You get that off the very first track, First Of All.
It's not about you. It's all about them. And Velaso.
For a decade, it always has been about them and letting people have a good time. By calling themselves an art project right out of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where they met, they've always managed to give themselves more freedom than most bands. It works.
People even love to interview them because only a few facts never change. Their inventive visual performances are alway fresh too. They played one gig for 84 hours straight. They did another with synchronized swimmers. And puppets, animation, graffiti, and mutant ninja turtles always make great standbys. Here's a taste from an old vid while everybody waits for something new to share around.