Album Review

Slug Guts – “Howlin’ Gang” – [Sacred Bones Records]

Max Level   6/2/2011   12-inch, A Library

Lowdown swamp rock from a disreputable crew out of Brisbane, Australia. This effort, supposedly recorded in 24 hours for $300, really delivers the goods: ringing, reverbed-out guitars, a down and dirty rhythm section, and a vocalist with a range of about three notes–they may in fact all be the same note, but who cares? The band members (“four degenerates” according to Sacred Bones publicity) dress in black and always seem to look drunk. The song “Hangin’ in the Pisser” features the refrain: “I just couldn’t say no”, and that tells you everything you need to know about this lot.
I wouldn’t trust these guys with my car keys, but I’d trust them to cause trouble and rock out in a big way. So yeah, play this.

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