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    Carsick Cars – “Carsick Cars” – [Bing Masi]

    carsick_cars
    2007 noise rock debut from this Chinese three
    piece. Zhang Shouwang is a feeedback fiend of
    the highest order, shimmer summoning everything
    from Galaxie 500 to Sonic Youth. He sings in
    both Mandarin and ‘merican, “Gun” is an innocent
    ode to rock ‘n roll depravity of yesteryore
    with a cry of “cocaine, cocaine cocaine.” The
    other English lyrics remind me of that “Rocky
    Mountain Low” collection, where rock and roll
    was not only the medium, but sort of a tangible
    motivation for it all. It’s very crisp pop
    rock, big ringing chords, disaffected back-up
    vocals, short driving songs that deliver.
    Check out the chord fritz fade on “Xiong Mao.”
    A stately blitz ballad starts of #10 and then
    9:55 minutes in a bonus track arises from
    silence. Shouwang is the only one still wearing
    his sick seatbelt as both Li Weisi and Li Qing
    left the band in 2010 and are now in Snapline.
    Carsick Cars have hit some success since then
    (SXSW citing) but this album feels fresh and
    vibrant, and definitely hearkens back to
    shiny indie rock daze. Now, where are the
    Beijing Beefheart bands!?!? -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on November 25, 2015 at 5:37 pm
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