Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower - Love in the Fascist Brothel

This band was truly San Diego's finest. Ridiculously noisy, snotty, atonal punk band from my hometown, often considered players in the small genre of "jazz punk." Never got very far out of this city, unfortuantely, despite a tour with the Blood Brothers, and they "broke up" in 2006 (the lead singer and guitarist now make up the relatively boring duo Crocodiles; the drummer plays for The Muslims/The Soft Pack; their bassist, Willy Graves, passed away a year ago.) But I do believe they will play together again someday in some form. They may not be for everyone, but I consider them brilliant at what they do: chaotically noisy riffs, shambling song structures, sarcastic fascist and neo-Nazi lyrics and imagery, and a wonderful sense of groove. They set out to play a very distinct sound and style and they achieve that sound perfectly. And when they lock into a riff or groove and play the living hell out of it -- they're just indestructable. Sometimes dancey, sometimes heavy, sometimes free-form, always fun.

For fans of: Blood Brothers, Drive Like Jehu, Nation of Ulysses, The Locust, John Zorn.