Friday, August 1, 2014

CASSETTE REVIEW: Assault Shaker “NAUSICAA” (Secret Ghost Recordings)

                Sometimes music needs all of these many smaller points to come together to form the bigger picture and create something new.   If you think about how long music has existed and how much of it has already been accomplished, sure taking different pieces and fitting them together is the best way to create something new.   But, other times, it isn’t all that complicated, like how a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup can simply be chocolate and peanut butter and delicious.

                This is garage punk.   The music can get pretty heavy, but it channels that bit of Hunx, The Living End and High Pop that can give Assault Shaker their own legs to stand on without straying too far from the notion of simply rocking out.

                There are also bits of The Clash in here, and at times this does become distorted like Local H, but realistically, these are all just names of bands and even though they have differences they are all in some ways the same—much more similar than, say, if I was to throw in a name like Aerosmith for instance.  

                It is in this way and by this example that Assault Shaker also rocks fast and heavy.  Put this one on in your car and drive real, real fast.

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