Album Review

Pure Panic – “C’est La Guerre” – [Blue Cat Music]

Thurston Hunger   10/20/2016   A Library, CD

Oakland trio, before “garage band” was a piece of
software, it was a way of life. I suspect all
three guys in this band harken back to that, and
as they contemplate maybe retiring in a couple
decades, that teenage waistband stretches the
tune-age wasteland of commercial radio. So prop
yourself through the day job, and why not self
release a CD. The music here is not garage rock,
(well “The Ride” is kinda) more of a gentle psych.
Despite their name, the band is certainly not Pure
(thank Hendrix!), and their Panic is less urgent,
maybe a creeping existential dread fits. Someone in
the band likes a good sea shanty (Larry Luthi?) and
someone’s love of Frank Zappa is mostly kept in check
(Ed Lundell?) and someone thinks in limericks (Cyrus
Crafft?). Yeah, I could be wrong on all three accounts,
but if KFJC folks dug their “Planet Thief” (and a lot
did), you’ll be slippin’ this disc while reading your
old collection of vintage Mad Magazines. Speaking o’
comix commingling with musix, this band reminds me
of Devin Gary & Ross. More power to guys who keep
those ol’ garage band dreams alive, even if they
don’t have a garage anymore!
-Thurston Hunger

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