Friday, February 19, 2016
Record Review: The Strange Land / bAd bAd split 7" (Grabbing Clouds Records and Tapes)
[$7 // Edition of 100 // https://grabbingclouds.bandcamp.com/album/the-strange-land-bad-bad-split-7]
This split 7" features two songs from each of these artists and is a total of about five minutes per side. Oddly each band does have a song longer than the other by about the same length as well, not close to that even 2:30 split. But it could just be another reason to love this I suppose.
The Strange Land is somewhere between that "Fell In Love With A Girl" raw rock n roll of The White Stripes and the unadulterated chaos of Tora! Tora! Torrance. It's fast paced, fuzzy guitar riffs, amplified vocals and for the most part trippy as hell.
bAd bAd continues with the upbeat, energetic sound similar to putting High Pop into a fast paced blender. Their second song, "Hot Lava", is an anthem of sorts and could even be the theme to some kind of secret spy movie.
Overall, I have enjoyed the songs I heard by bAd bAd on cassette and these two are jsut as much fun. The Strange Land also has a sound to them that is easy to crank out if you are already into bAd bAd so this is a record you really have no reason not to have in your collection.