The Terrorsurfs Mutant Surfin’ Trash Sharawaji Records Street: 02.23 The Terrorsurfs = The Boys Ranch + The Phantom Four + Dick Dale
The tenacious surfing garage rockers The Terrorsurfs are back with their new album Mutant Surfin’ Trash. Like their other releases, fans can easily expect some consistency in The Terrorsurfs’ style. It’s the grittiness of The Cramps twisting through the vivid wild sounds of The Trashmen. Think of it as a soundtrack for a Quentin Tarantino film, like a contemporary Kill Bill Vol 1 or Pulp Fiction, but with the desperation of Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
The Devils Iron Butt Voodoo Rhythm Street: 12.15.17 The Devils = Das Clamps + Brain Bagz + Guitar Wolf
The Devils embody the definitive sound of desolation and chaos. Theirs is a style that is nothing short of a symphony meant for utter human annihilation. Their new album is called Iron Butt, and there’s plenty of sex, sin and rock n’ roll. Charming name aside, the absolute primitive noise within these grooves reveal nothing less than a nod toward a sure mental collapse. This is thanks to a chainsaw massacre guitar, death-stomping drum beats and blood-curtailing vocals. For the unaware, The Devils are from Naples, Italy, and they descend from blues-driven, wall-of-fuzz punk rock madness and Ken Russell’s 1971 B-movie of the same name. Think of them as the face-melting garage punk demon offspring of The Cramps’ incestuous relations with The Gories.
ROLANDO BRUNO Y SU ORQUESTA MIDI CUMBIA REACTION Voodoo Rhythm Records Street: 10.14.2013 Rolando Bruno y su Orequesta Midi = Los Peyotes S.A + Jean Paul “El Troglodita”
This Cumbia Reaction EP is a true gem among the rough. Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rolanda Bruno—formerly of Los Peyotes—comes blasting out with his one-man-band act. Unlike Los Peyotes—which is amazingly raw 1960’s-inspired garage punk music—Bruno brings out something different through this cumbia trash with a mix of psychedelic garage rock and Latin funk. This is his first release since 2013 and was recorded by Bruno at his Midi Home Studio. It’s an infectious four tracks that will keep you moving about like an idiot, as if being hexed.
BLAHA is the solo project of Mike Blaha of The Blind Snake and Shadow in the Cracks. This EP was written and recorded by BLAHA at Banana Tone—which he also owns and operates. It was mastered by Crypt Records’ own Tim Warren. Like his primary groups, BLAHA steeps his sound in a contemporary garage rock genre. He emphasizes a style utilizing mid-tempo grooves that mix surf and indie-inspired garage rock n’ roll. Think of a much slower Ramones-style sound in the same vein as Dirty Fences, but with a less raucous approach.
THE REVOX TALK ABOUT HER / SICK OF YOU Voodoo Rhythm Records Street: 12.09.2016 The Revox = The Sevens + The Dynamites + The Rippers + The Monsters
Screaming from the frozen utopic wastelands of Switzerland come The Revox. According to Voodoo Rhythm Records legend The Revox were recently resurrected from their ice-cold graves in the Swiss mountains to annihilate planet Earth with fuzz-guitar-driven rock n’ roll. With a sound like theirs, I’d be hard-pressed to believe otherwise. This band embodies the devastating yet hedonistic power of the untamed nature of garage rock n’ roll. Their sound is unbridled and crushingly raw. Within this release are sounds that bring up a passion for 1960s garage rock but with the shocking energy of punk rock.
KING KHAN MURDERBURGERS Khannibalism / Ernest Jenning Record Co. Street: 10.13 King Khan = Bob Dylan + King Khan and the Shrines + King Khan and the BBQ Show +The Space Shits
It is not a surprise that another album made by the legendary King Khan is superb. He makes music with an exceeding degree of excellence. His music boasts brilliant hooks and his lyricism is on point with cultural critiques. Khan, furthermore, never fails to capture an early Dylan recipe for an overall provocative sound—with an obvious note that Khan’s style is wholly electric. His structures are vivid and strikingly alive. He could sing about love gone lost or the raptures of narcissism and, in my mind, there would be a pretty and detailed picture showing it all.
THE WOOLLY BUSHMEN ARDUINO Pig Baby Records Street: 10.04 The Woolly Bushmen = The Black Lips + The Booze + Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
The Woolly Bushmen are a true diamond in the rough. They beautifully dance with snarling garage rock twisting with gritty blues tendencies. Their new record, ARDUINO, is a true masterpiece. Within it’s hallowed, see-through orange grooves are 11 rocking rippers that make me feel as if I’m front row at their gig.
SITES N’ SOUNDS THE NIGHT IS SO DARK Slovenly Recordings Street: 09.08 Sites N’ Sounds = The JuJus + The Seeds + The Humans
In the midst of the dark and uncertain shroud of 1960s garage rock unknowns come Sites N’ Sounds. Unearthed in 2016, these recordings shed light on what Crypt Records’ Tim Warren declared an “unknown monster mooder.” Originally, this record came out in 1967. Sites N’ Sounds were Kennard-Dale High School students from Delta, Pennsylvania, and they played all over from Baltimore to Hershey. They were even featured on Baltimore’s Kerby Scott TV program.
Like the folks from Slovenly and Black Gladiator, after dropping the needle on this single, I think I listened to it over a hundred times. The sounds emanating from the A-side germinated inside my mind. This experience was akin to being slowly swallowed whole by music sung by the likes of sirens or, in this case, a teenage garage rock group founded in 1966.
CULT OF THE PSYCHIC FETUS SELF-TITLED Killjoy Records Street: 04.01.17 Cult Of The Psychic Fetus= The Cramps + Bobby “Boris” Pickett + The Moontrekkers
This little beauty of an EP comes straight from the crypts of the undead. Admittedly, I was skeptical of how much I would enjoy this record. I mean, with a name like Cult of the Psychic Fetus, I thought it would be silly, but as with many great records, one will likely find something cool if the album art is on point. So, take it from me that the art for this EP is solid, and so is the record.
This self-titled is a gothabilly gem that mixes the attitude of The Cramps-like rock n’ roll with monster mash tendencies. Sure, the themes of the dead and undead may be predictable, but Cult of the Psychic Fetus are a tight group with a tight sound. These guys really know how to play their rock n’ roll. It touches on the smoothness of the 1960s with the edginess of a band haunting the depths of the garage.