Expressive aphasia (non-fluent aphasia) is characterized by the loss of the ability to produce language (spoken or written). A person with expressive aphasia will exhibit effortful speech. Speech may only include important content words and leave out insignificant words, like “the”. This is known as “telegraphic speech”. The person may still be understood, but sentences will not be grammatical. In very severe forms of Expressive Aphasia, a person may only speak using single word utterances.¹
A Noble Spirit Embiggens the Smallest Man²
Giant Burger are a band from Hackney, London. They are 4 people – Joel, Rosie, Oli and Owain. That’s them down there. They make music. Post punk, jerky, awkward, danceable, uncomfortable, pleasant, original music. They’ve been recording and releasing their music since 2011, and they’re going to release a cassette soon.
Tono Tono is one of the tracks coming up on that cassette, and it’s inspired by a man who suffers from expressive aphasia. That’s what the paragraph at the top is for. The quote from The Simpsons just happens to be what I thought of when I heard the track. Not that I think Giant Burger are small, physically or musically. It’s just weird stuff that the world needs more of and the world tends not to know it’s already got. If that makes sense. It’s different, and unique, and intriguing. Reminds me a little of the band from Glasgow called Froth, who became Strop (and as some of you already know, turned down the name Ski Pie Rage. So blame them), in that the songs feel like a performance rather than just Intro, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Verse etc etc. It’s punk Jim, just not as we know it, and I like it. More details as soon as I’ve got them, but best bet is to buy their old stuff for now then they’ll be able to release the new stuff. You know how it works – get clicking.
²From Lisa the Iconoclast, the sixteenth episode of the seventh season of The Simpsons.