Here’s a 7” single for the denim jacket longhairs featuring two fuzzed out bands from Brooklyn and out now on King Pizza Records.
If you drop the needle first on the Mad Doctors side, it starts with that raw bomp bomp bomp instrumentation like a klaxon, before moving into the distant, shouted vocals. But the vocals isn’t the focus, the focus is the grit and the the rhythm. The focus is a tight two-and-a-half minutes that requires multiple needle drops, because it flies by in a sweaty blur. And hey, if the focus was the vocal, I guess it was lost on me. I’m lousy at picking out specific words without a lyric sheet, but the energy carried it anyway. The band is a power trio happily covering Blue Cheer territory, and all three players are dialed right into one another. Mad Doctors tour on the regular and the time spent playing together is evident.
On the flip, the Sun Voyager side starts with a strong motorik vibe a la Can’s ‘Mother Sky’ before getting into totally verbed out vox and guitar. The riffs are conventional, but totally in the zone and very satisfying—while the track is a four-minute psych rock song with a fat rhythm platform, the guitarist is zen enough to keep the lead playing to a minimum, with a subdued solo partway through (buried under the rhythm track in this studio version), a sequence of little licks every few bars, and some skittering delay sounds to provide a little texture and keep it interesting. This is rock and roll music, people, and it’s all about the rhythm.
This is a tasty rocknroll single that doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but does inject it with amphetamines. This is the last single you put on before you head out your door on a Saturday night. I know I couldn’t resist playing it a few extra times before smashing out a review. On a Buy It/Try It/Toss It scale, I’d say to Buy It.