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    Bad Dudes – “Eat Drugs” – [kill shaman]

    There’s this weird little world, where pop/punk/prog intersect
    and kinda work. It’s like finding dinosaurs tap dancing. Too
    much prog, and rigor mortis sets into your ear…too much pop
    and bubble gums up the same ears. Too much punk…well that
    would be okay actually. This release from 2008, features an
    LA Band with a crack dummer, Chris Mezsler and dual guitarists
    Mike Rando and Dan Gerchick riffing away…lot’s of single
    notes and clean-in-key runs that pivot with precision. Keyboards
    from Gabe Castro sometimes add that faux classical fanfare
    the prog purists will like. He sort of aims for press-on funk
    on “Better Than Nature” which might have been better left
    for dead. Indeed the b-side kinda fizzled my swizzler, but
    that title track with Daniel Howarth’s thick bass drops
    and they yelped stupid vocals got things going. Side A is just
    messier in a better way, still with plenty of dot-dot-dot-dot
    dash-dash-dash counting exercises. Doctored vocals on “Suez”
    awoke an old Sleepytime Gorilla Museum watchman inside. For
    folks who want Cueniform to party more, or Ugh Explode to be
    less brutal, or want to hear echoes of “Pretty Woman” spilling
    into a herky-jerky “Heterosaucer” chow down on this like a
    hyperactive kid on his third bowl of Neon Cuckoo Trix. Kill
    Shaman is always worth an ear…

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 31, 2014 at 12:48 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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