photo & text by nacrowe
after the first breakup of JANE'S ADDICTION, the band basically bifurcated into two camps. one included frontman PERRY FARRELL and drummer STEPHEN PERKINS which became PORNO FOR PYROS and the other was guitarist DAVE NAVARRO and bassist ERIC AVERY which resulted in DECONSTRUCTION.
out of all the splinter groups associated with the core members of JANE'S ADDICTION, DECONSTRUCTION is arguably the least known and most sonically experimental and lyrically complex. the pair only released one album, DECONSTRUCTION (AMERICAN, 1994), before NAVARRO went on to join the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and later the reformed JANE'S ADDICTION while ERIC AVERY went on to form POLAR BEAR and then produce solo records and perform as a touring bassist for GARBAGE among others.
when i discovered this record i was attending my junior year of high school in KUWAIT and felt extremely disconnected from my surroundings and my immediate community, which was quite hostile. there is an interiority and sense of self-containment to this record that really fit that moment for me perfectly, as i was constantly questioning my sanity during that period. wasnt sure it was me that was crazy, turned out it was that whole country. go figure. JANE'S ADDICTION was and is still one of my all-time favorite bands and i consider the second half of RITUAL DE LO HABITUAL (WARNER BROS, 1990) to be pure bliss, arguably one of the finest sides of any record ever produced. BEATLES, SMITHS, DAVID BOWIE, ZEPPELIN, LOU REED be damned. DECONSTRUCTION to my ears sounds like a continuation of that record, especially its more expansive, multi-part, rhythmically and compositionally complex moments.
it basically sounds like the JANE'S ADDICTION record that never was and cemented the importance of AVERY in my mind to the original lineup. those cyclical bass grooves that sound bigger than god are equally indebted to POST PUNK, AFRO BEAT and FUNK music. NAVARRO is also in top form here, adding textures upon layered textures that brings back to mind all those favorable comparisons to DANIEL ASH, ROBERT SMITH, JIMMY PAGE and the like. when i hear the deadpan solemnity of AVERY's oblique spoken-word poetry it brings back memories of PETER MURPHY and IAN CURTIS, which is quite the opposite end of the spectrum from PERRY FARRELL's gender-bending vocal pyrotechnics and singular bravado in providing a hagiographical narrative to the lyrics. AVERY to me sounds more tangible and approachable, like somebody sitting you down and leveling with you about the realities of life, albeit in a fairly expressionist manner.
i have listened to this record since my teen years and i am still blown away by it. some feel it is a bit bloated and not well-focused, but i believe it is an artifact created by two incredibly talented musicians that were at the peak of their powers and untethered by commercial pressures. this was their creative and artistic exhalation after the pressures of their previous band became to intense.
my hope is that at some point AVERY and NAVARRO will record something, anything, in the studio and release it. those bass grooves over his guitar texture is such a revelation. its a pity that that creative relationship hasnt been explored more over the decades.
DECONSTRUCTION is definitely worth further investigation by any fan of POST PUNK, ALTERNATIVE ROCK, INDIE ROCK or mind-expanding ROCK N ROLL. highly recommended.
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