Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Specimens
The Quick and the Deaf/Fast and Loose
Zodiac Killer

Is it just me, or is the fine country of Australia home to a hell of a lot of top shelf rock & rollers? The Saints, Radio Birdman, the Beasts of Bourbon and their many offshoots, the Chevelles, Feedtime, the Drones, Kim Salmon’s various projects, You Am I…the list goes on and fuckin’ on. Add the Specimens to the roster with this American introductory disk that combines the quartet’s two albums, plus an EP. Like an Aussie Joker Five Speed, the Specimens don’t fuck around – there’s no time wasted on anything but catchy fuzzbomb riffs, runaway train rhythms and spitting sneers. Loaded, Kiss On the Lips and Drama Queen run on the kind of angry/horny fuel powering young men around the world – it spills all over the floor on Burn City Burn, No Good and The Quick and the Deaf, so mind the matches. The disk ends with an Australian interview that teases the group’s forthcoming record Jazz Brutus, which sounds like it’s gonna be another corker. Bottle-smashing, firestarting, gang deb-fucking rock & roll.

- Michael Toland

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