The latest project from Memphis-to-Tempe transplant Ryan Rousseau (see also: the Reatards, Digital Leather, Tokyo Electron, Destruction Unit), Earthmen and Strangers upped the ante for rehashed early ’80s British punk and pop on their debut self-titled LP. Now they’re returning to Memphis for their second Gonerfest appearance in a row, playing the Hi-Tone Cafe on Friday, Sept. 25th.
The good people of Bordeaux, France are known for more than fine red wine. Check out Bordeaux’s latest export, trash-fueled rock-and-roll in the form of the Magnetix. Looch Vibrato and Aggy Sonora, who are a duo onstage and off, recently inked a deal with Slovenly Records for the release of Positively Negative, their fourth full-length. Don’t miss ‘em at the Hi-Tone on Thursday, Sept. 24th, when they help kick off the opening night of Gonerfest VI.
Leave it to Smashin’ Transistors for the full translation of their self-titled debut, released on In the Red Records:
Hitting right off the bat with Velvet’s “I Can’t Stand It/Foggy Notion” type chug infected with a twitchy nervous condition called “Sexiest” and a chorus that not only sticks in your head but eventually caramelizes it. It’s followed by two trashy numbers wringing wet in maximum R&B, “Stupid n’ Crying” which tags back and forth between and a folky jangle with full on “Woo” backing vocals & a rat ta tat tat drumbeat and “Margharita”, which takes the Gories recipe and broils it to a crisp with a searing harmonica honk and a smashed up Mod guitar crashes. “Do It All Right” an impetuous collision of American country music, Jaques DuTronc’s capriciousness and the Real Kids declaring elation for getting out of the folks house.
“On My Way” wiggles with a twisty duo ragga guitar lines ala the Feelies, a buzzy turnaround part that keeps popping up and bending the tune into a place different than a song like this usally goes, a melodic drone something like the Telescopes and a blast of dirty guitar to hold it all together. “Only Lose” fools you at first thinking it’s gonna be some ragged teen jangler then the noise is turned wide open and it sounds like something like the Cheater Slicks kicking the shit out of some brit-pop song.
It’s dark and rainy ’round here today but when “Shalalalalove” comes on it’s like a summer day. A dance party on the beach, a girl group gone really, really bad and the boys that led ‘em down that path and the taste of lemonade and vodka. A tart sweetness with more than a bit of spike. “Girl 66″ has a bit of that Chuck Berry when he played hillbilly licks thing going on and hoping the bus across town for a bit of sugar. The bus is missing it’s tail pipe so it inspires ol’ Chuck to get all the guitars to sound like it. He couldn’t quite do it though so he wrote it down, stuck it in a bottle and decades later the Sonic Chicken 4 stumbles across it on a riverbank a million miles away from where it was launched.
Sonic Chicken 4 make their Memphis — and Gonerfest — debut on Saturday, Sept. 26th at the Hi-Tone Cafe.