Album Review

Megacools, The – “Weird Dreams Are Crazy / You Don’t Send Me No Flowers” – [Sacramento Records]

Thurston Hunger   6/29/2011   7-inch, A Library

If only Roky Erikson were alive, instead of trapped in the
River Styx of the Austin City Limits? I know, he’s alive but
anyways, the guitar cables on this plump pumping 7″ are built
of the same tensile overdive of those old Elevators. Hell
on the B-side, I kept hallucinating electric jug runs. The
title track has the mighty Charles Albright, friendly firebrand
o’ Sacramento (upper case or lower case) rock, chipping ice
splinters and sharing vocals with drummer Christine Shelley and
maybe bassist Ryan Sharpe too. The B-side, starts with Sharpe’s
simple yet effective driving descending bass lines, and the
vocals sound like Flowers and Powers are confounded. Something
about “You Don’t Send Me No POWERS” kind of gave it an extra, drunk ear charge to me. On both tracks, lyrics are kept minimally
simple but shouted to maximal mantra repetition. Implanting anthem style. At the end of side B, Albright’s guitar is bristling
for more, the record just does not want to end. Nor do I want the
pipeline between Albright and KFJC to get plugged. This came out
in 2006, but despite being on ice for a while if anything it’s
Megacooler now.

-Thurston Hunger

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