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The endless review slog (on the back of a heavy session of Godspeed-packing) for today is brightened a little for me by the inclusion of a couple of garagey rock records, including this one here on the mighty In The Red from LA’s Lamps, their third in fact. It sees the trio spunking out 15 fuzz-soaked garage rock crunchers with a neanderthal rhythm section almost overpowered by hi-gain fuzzed out guitar mangle and vocals which range from Black Flag barking to a nonchalant, flat drawl that reminds me a little bit of Wet Hair’s amazing recent ‘Spill Into Atmosphere’ LP.
It’s reminding me a little of a really aggressive The Intelligence, possibly due in part to Chris Woodhouse twiddling the knobs, but there’s a touch of that ferocious and slightly sloppy approach of bands like Tyvek, as well as rumblings of that late-‘80s/early-’90s noise rock sound bands like Rapeman and Cows were making on labels like AmRep and Touch And Go.They’re having a lot of fun with distortion, from the barrelling tractor bass rumble to the swirling, grating, buzzing mass of sound that old Monty Buckles scrapes and bashes out of his guitar, it’s a fuzzy mess but always with bright tunes and propulsive drums, often finding itself in territory somewhere between the Puffy Areolas’ garage punk chaos and the lo-fi fuzzpop on all Urusei Yatsura’s great early sevens, and that’s not a bad place to be at all. When they take their foot off the gas for a minute in the middle with ‘Guided Missile’ it’s like Total Control with more guitar fuzz. Yes, this is a very enjoyable record.
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