Album Review

Americans In France – “Crawling” – [Odessa Records]

mickeyslim   5/30/2012   A Library, CD

Toe-tapping post punk from Florida natives Casey Cook, Josh Lajoie and Kent Howard, who’ve added some intense flavor of metal, kind of, maybe it’s just the heavy, grinding sounds that seems to teem from Florida. Some call this band garagey, but I’d say it sounds too produced, and it’s not as hard hitting.

The whole thing has a disconnected quality to it; the music and lyrics seem to go hand in hand, but they sound like they are really far away from each other.. not sure how to explain that one. I feel bad for whoever “sylvia!” is on track 10, and her crooked teeth. Track 4 begs you to “breastfeed yourself!” Stay away from track 8 and 7 is the best/strangest song on the album (watch for FCC.) This album is distorted and fuzzy, we got male/female vocals, haunting basslines, and awesome riffage. As a beer, this album would be a hefty Blonde Bock…

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