Friday, March 25, 2011
MRR review of WiZZARD SLEEVE / TRUE SONS OF THUNDER split 7"
With WiZZARD SLEEVE, it's so refreshing to hear this druggy, synthy punk delivered by a band that doesn't come off like they're doing you a favor for sharing their "warped genius" with you. They're legit boneheads having fun, and it shows. Their tune, "Setting Fire to Your Loft," ranks among their very best. Also, bonus points for the Calvin and Hobbes pissing on Scion label design. TRUE SONS OF THUNDER are wading in similar waste on their side, their first on vinyl. Featuring a couple high-profile names from Memphis' punk elite. TSOT's "Butt Bong" is a tongue-in-bung noise plod through a total inebriation haze. Spoken vocals a la the LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY or ROSS JOHNSON, but so fucking absurd you can't help but be impressed. It's booming on AmRep levels, yet falling apart from the moment it begins. Drug-punk rampage spread across two sides. If anything, this record reclaims art-punk from yuppies and brings it back to the punks. Take your wi-fi hummus hobo art space and shove it up your fucking ass. (Mitch Cardwell)