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    A Fine Mess – “Evil Olive” – [Self Released]

    Local project that imploded on finally getting this short
    release together. Starts out with a faux 1950’s surftone
    prom dance instro style for ~30 seconds before veering
    into a punk/pop toe-racing, heart-tapping sneer-off between
    lead and backing vocals. Next up, more glue-sniffy vox
    and a faux porno to close. “Poor Joe” keeps up the pace,
    jumping jacks on railroad tracks. Should taste good to
    Burger Record fans. “Food” slows down to mop up grunge
    blood with a flannel shirt. On “Eggshells” the vocalist takes
    his meds, somewhat unfortunately, and we get more of a rock
    ballad. Nice little bassline that could keeps it afloat.
    “Melvins at Tricks” is elevated by the chaotic party line
    vocals, and then “Savage Antics” gets the motor going away.
    Tearing up guitar asphalt and rim shot/handclap tick-tick-tock
    percussion and some eavesdropped conversation, the glue is back
    in the bag. Huff and puff. “I Love Jesus” almost sounds like
    an afterthought to the previous “Antics” and then some weird
    Jesus rapped vocals over a three chord monte and a twinkle-twinkle
    finish. “My Obsession” hits the sex angst button a bit firmly but
    it’s got those triplet half-chords that are always cute.
    “This Place Gives Me The Creeps” chugs and mugs. “Time Travel”
    puts the words up front, kinda feels like a Billy Bragg
    appreciation society? It stops at 1:50 and then hidden at 2:50
    is the beepy gag reel collage. Limited edition possibly made
    available via personal extortion. -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm
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