The Sloths - Back From the Grave
This CD has plenty of 60's garage influences, but also hints of 70's punk rock, power pop, 50's rock'n'roll and more. Mike and Tommy write the originals but there are a few cool covers here such as the opener, Holly Beth Vincent's new-wavey-rock'n'roll "Never Enough Girls" and Jerry McCain's 50's blazer "A Cutie Named Judy". "End of My Rope" always reminds me of the Pirates swaggerin' pub rock, with it's call'n'answer groove and wailin' harp solo, and "Everybody's Tryin' 2 B Somebody" continues in this vein with its starts'n'stops and poundin' piano. The band has a cool video for "One Way Out", a mostly spoken tale of life's trials and tribulations, then they talk about another deadly sin in the fast-paced "Lust" (with a smokin' solo) and complain about day jobs in "Gotta Get Fired". "Haunted" is a moody 60's garage number, reminiscent of other great minor-key 60's hits, "Before I Die" is a heavy, slide-guitar-dominated, blues-rock answer to Pete's "hope I die before I get old" and "Wanna New Life" is a choppy, guitar chord-riff garage rocker. They close with an update to their classic, Bo Diddley-influenced "Makin' Love", showin' that they haven't lost anything in the ensuing years.
No, they're not trying to duplicate their original sound, as they know that a number of decades have passed since then, but they still provide some hard edged, garage punk'n'roll.