Agony Shorthand

Thursday, February 26, 2004

One of my favorite new bands this past year has been MODEY LEMON, who I’m still in the process of getting acquainted with. At time these guys (a guitar/drums duo – though with the fizzling and loud-ass keyboards they definitely sound like a trio or more) remind me of the 21st-Century cousins of CLAW HAMMER, such is the power and the glory of their feedback-laden, bluesy attack, as well as their vocalist's at times-resemblance to Jon Wahl's unholy yowl. Plus they sound like totally nutso wack jobs in the sense that they’re partial to adding the most inappropriate & out of place Moog sounds to their standard punk/garage/blues, and their eclecticism, while very much rooted in rock (these guys are nothing if not R-O-C-K), is refreshingly bold and surprising at times. Like on this EP, which just came out “in support” of their recent CD “Thunder and Lightning”. Take track #5 of 5, “Black Flamingos”. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more inventive yet unintentional mash than a melding of the dark riffage of Black Sabbath’s “Black Sabbath” & the raw white panther power of Claw Hammer’s “Naked”, but these 20-year-olds, they did it. And ditto for the straight-up guitar-solo speedpunk of “Poisonous Ink Clouds” and “Left and Dented”, to say nothing of the two boss tracks from the CD (which I will tackle in a subsequent post). Consider me on this bandwagon in a big way.