After switching on #2, it becomes abundantly clear that there is just something instantly likeable about Kaviar Special. For starters, I am overwhelmed by the captivating nature of the opening track “Starving.” This track is totally stunning as it fixates my attention via it’s provoking mix of poppy but wild psych driven rock n’ roll. “Starving” demands that listeners pay heed to a heavy fuzzed filled noise that could inspire the machinations of an out-body/out of mind experience. This is a style of rock n’ roll that I’ve become intimately familiar with, and while I’ll admit that this sort of garage crossover into the borders of psychedelia risks being a bit too well-known and comfortable to the ears, it’s still a sound that I can get behind.
As I proceed deeper into # 2, I find Kaviar Special pulls no punches blasting out a broad incarnation of rock n’ roll that takes influence from the volatile combination of psychedelic garage pop and surf rock. For the most part this is music that one can expect some uniform in style from and more importantly groove to. The one notable exception to this rule is “I Wouldn’t Touch You With a Stick,” which comes across with certain defiant agitation. However, make no mistake; listeners will find that #2 boasts tracks that one can bounce up, down and sideways too. This is particularly true with the number “Mind Fuck. Other top tracks that follow this line of thought are “Drowned in Doubts,” “Now I Know,” and “Highway.” So, be sure to check this out via Howlin Banana Records, it’s worth a few spins, especially under the right elicit substances. —Nick Kuzmack