Album Review

Segall, Ty & Cronin, Mikal – “Reverse Shark Attack” – [In The Red Records]

abacus   2/27/2013   A Library, CD

Tape warp trickery and co-opted surf grooves are just the beginning of the basic elements these prolific rockers used to create their own noise-laden trashy brand of garage. Segall and Cronin grew up together in Laguna Beach where it seems they absorbed to the bone the clash of idealistic beach vibes within dirty dejected Los Angeles. And here they laid it all out on vinyl, 10″ to be exact, released on Kill Shaman Records in 2009. Of course, with Segall saturation on the college radio charts, In the Red had to pick that limited release and throw it on CD here for all of our convenience. Loud, brash and unflinching guitar rock that is supremely overdriven and yet simultaneously danceable, hanging out with the power-pop kids at High School and even they’re scuzzy and thrashed. I Wear Black and Doctor Doctor show us these guys definitely dosed heavy on 70s punk and classic psychedelia, even paying tribute to the classics with Pink Floyd cover on track 7. The album closes with 10 minute “side long” title track that takes some acid washed Britpop for a joyride up to the clouds and down along cresting monsoon waves. Fuck CMJ and Pitchfork, this still rocks my buttocks!

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