This is the garage rock side project of Dan Haywood who we know better from being the leader and wordsmith of Dan Haywood's New Hawks. This is confrontational and unique garage rock which takes influenced from the early neanderthal and minimalist rock of Velvet Underground. Spitefully recorded in mono for that old day charm.
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Garage rock, also known as ‘getting together and having a nice time with an instrument you can kinda play’, is the name of the game for Dan Haywood and his Pill Fangs crew. This laid back, straightforward and minimal rock music happens fast and loose over leisurely but short tracks that jangle with the New York old school of the Velvet Underground and the charm of the more jagged twee pop bands of old. It’s so into its olden days charm that Haywood got it recorded in mono so you’d feel like you were listening to it in the rain in a time before wi-fi was a thing.
It’s a pleasant and hooking listen -- these songs and their absent-minded chord change flailings sound like Haywood hasn’t thought too long or hard on them, though he warbles and wails his lyrics with the pontifications of a charismatic rock figure building himself up through nothing. Self-described as “derivative” of ‘60s and ‘70s New York, there’s a feeling of tight, uncomfortable recording space to these songs, as if the band were jumbled together in a tiny apartment trying to shred the best they could. The best songs are those where it sounds like everything in the room is unstable because they’re chugging along together too hard, with “Material Girl” making me hold on to my desk.
Pure silliness this one -- a real rock appreciation society of an album made by some people who weren't quite around to do it but can still follow their dream.
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