At first listen, the album's 12 tracks are obnoxiously loud little bastards, but give a song like "New Crimes" a chance, and the discord will morph into harmony: Drum patterns emerge, guitars snap into shape, keyboards click and dueling vocals synchronize. It's no coincidence that founding members Dan Friel and B.J. Warshaw met at the Knitting Factory, New York's legendary club for avant-garde jazz and experimental music.
Watch out for meat beater Christopher Weingarten. His furious percussion is as amazing as it is abrasive a blitzkrieg of drum 'n' bass akin to that of electronic dude Amon Tobin (except that Weingarten actually plays the skins).
All in all, Parts & Labor creates a King Kong of clamor onstage.