Label: Quality Time Records - none • Format: Cassette Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Indie Rock, Power Pop, Punk, Rock & Roll
Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a White Revolution - Cradle Song - Settle The Score business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. This single is two tracks not on the LP, both from his post-Cleveland days where you might remember him as a member of Mirrors or Rocket From The Tombs.
For the flip, there's a solo live acoustic recording of "Annie," a reworking of Mr. Bell's Mirrors classic or Saucers classic, if you prefer.
It's cool to hear, especially in comparison to the Mirrors' version, which is psychedelic and primitive-sounding, and the Saucers' take, which is poppy and new wave. Yeah, this isn't exactly local, but as Craig is an expatriate, I think it's close enough. As usual, I don't rate singles, but it's pretty good.
There ya go. I believe the only place to get it currently is at a show by one of Craig's many bands or Tea For Two - Thelonious Monk - The Unique Thelonious Monk your local record store.
Or you can try and bug Craig on Facebook, but please be kind. You can also try violettimes. This is the Nico Missile's sophomore full-length, assuming we're only counting the "Designed Youth" tape as a demo. It kicks off with "Pretend Friend," a great punker with a hooky guitar lead and catchy melody, which immediately grabs you. I'd say you could probably list both of those Menthol Wars - The Nico Missile - Wonder Drug as at least a partial influence here.
After all the romancing on the first side, Side B immediately sets a different tone with "Died At The Supermarket," which is so simplistic, story-wise, and so monotonously and apathetically sung that it almost seems like a joke, but there's something very serious about it Menthol Wars - The Nico Missile - Wonder Drug the same time.
Further on, there's a couple of kicking punkers "That's Life," "Criminal Minded"a slow groover, somewhat ironically titled "Going Fast," and a song entitled "Menthol Wars," which takes the lyrics of "Even Lower Manhattan," a song from the esteemed Cleveland Confidential compilation LP as performed by the band Menthol Wars, and sets them to what is either a completely rewritten or radically rearranged musical backdrop. The tape closes on the pure pop of "Into Focus.
From a lyrical standpoint, a few of these songs seem to have lyrics for only one verse, just repeated again after each chorus, but that's also true of several Ramones songs, so it's probably not very fair to call it lazy writing. On the whole, there's catchy songs and good performances all around.
If you've liked the Nico Missile thus far, you'll probably continue to like them here. Tonawandas is a newer band, so I'm told. They've got members of Glass Traps and at least one Wooly Bully, I hear, and probably several other bands as well, but we're not here to talk about any band aside from Tonawandas.
The A side brings us a mid-tempo opener by the name of "Come Live In My Cave," then some more songs, my favorite of which is "Prove Existence," a nice punk tune in which the singer asserts that he doesn't "need no proof. Side B, however, brings the hits, as it contains two of the best songs on the tape, those being "Terrorist Eyes," which has a very catchy chorus "Don't terrorize me with your terrorist eyes"a siren sounding synth, and a nice double guitar solo, putting those two guitarists to use, and "Dressing Room," which has got some nice feedback-y swirly noise going throughout.
Menthol Wars - The Nico Missile - Wonder Drug a decent tape. Good musicianship, interesting vocals, and Hoochie Coochie Man - The Allman Brothers Band - Live At Ludlow Garage 1970 doing their own thing. Good enough for me. Are you a local-ish band? Do you have a record out?
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