Album Review

Basic Cable – “I’m Good to Drive” – [Permanent Records]

Thurston Hunger   1/15/2014   12-inch, A Library

A ripper from Chicago, that doesn’t mess around. Pretty much
from the first note tells you their going for the jugular
in frenzied rock fashion. No artful noise interludes, not
even a thought of a ballad. There’s some synth shoe-horned
in between the guitars feeding back, but it’s just to make
sure you feel something stronger. Different guys sing, one of
’em kind reminded me of the Icky Boyfriends. That weird snarl
that’s nasally malaised and kind of pretend pissed off. Or
maybe someone else, the delivery of “California Kiss” has
an Uber Alles cadence. Well if you don’t dig it, other guys
sing too. Rhythm section made me think of crimes committed by
the Tyrades out of Chicago a decade back. This album kind of
reminds me of that youthful desire for rock and roll, not just
for the intoxication (literal and metaphorical) wrapped up in
it but also because everything else pales in comparison.
Ending up with “Working Isn’t Working” emphasizes that point.
The titles almost tell a tale themselves, and the lyrics
help squeeze out a lot of attitude. I’m guessing they want to
be like their title, a luxury that becomes a necessity. For
solid rawk, this will not disappoint.

-Thurston Hunger

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