Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Black Widows - Live on KXLU

The Black Widows
Live on KXLU
Panic Room/Vital Gesture

Looking for instrumental rock that’s a mindless display of technical virtuosity and is basically bad prog metal in search of a singer? Then this masked L.A. combo is not for you. The Black Widows (some of whose members have done time in the BellRays, the Mighty Grasshoppers and the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs) instead pledge allegiance to the spirits of Davie Allan, Dick Dale and Link Wray on Live on KXLU – part surf groove, part biker roll and all intensity. Not to mention a fetish for grade Z movies that exist only in the band’s imagination – check out the rocking Junk Zombie and Dr. Cyclops or the raging Black Summer and Shock Trooper. The band gets tender on occasion, as on Electric Mistress, though even that tune is tinged with unsavory connotations. But then, the Widows do proclaims this LP, recorded live on satellite radio, to be 38 Minutes of Evil !!!!!!! (Exclamation points theirs.) I don’t know how evil it is, but an old-fashioned rock & roll party? Live on KXLU is most definitely that.

- Michael Toland

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