10/10 Mike Staff review, 17 October 2013
Garage rock fans will be happy about this one - Castle Face have just pressed the first Coachwhips album ‘Hands On The Controls’ onto vinyl for the first time ever, and thrown six unreleased tracks in to sweeten the deal. That’s 25 songs on a single LP.
For those that don’t know, Coachwhips were Thee Oh See John Dwyer’s previous band from 2001-05, and they dealt in a dirty stomping garage rock racket like the bastard child of Pussy Galore, The Gories and Thee Headcoats with distorted, unintelligible vocals, clattering reductivist drums and squeaking, blistered, broken fuzz guitars concealing solid gold pop stompers with cacophonous saturated distortion as they bound from track to track with throwaway abandon. Coachwhips were one of the bands who laid the foundation for the current garage fuzz explosion that’s going on, and 10 years on this album still sounds gnarly as hell. Essential listening.
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