ALARM CLOCKS: Nov. 7, 2009 Live: LP

Jul 29, 2011

A rather nondescript cover, no song titles on the back, looks hand-made. A flyer for an Alarm Clocks show in 2009? Yes, it’s the band from Back from the Grave. Gotta admit I ignored the album Norton Records put out a few years ago but I think I need it now. Normally I disregard live albums (unless I’m a completist about a certain band) but I kept reading raves about this record on the internet. Sounds pretty good, and it should, being engineered by Jim Diamond (of Dirtbombs/Ghetto Recorders fame). According to the liner notes, the idea to record this live set came last minute to Diamond and he missed a few songs while tweaking the console. Sounds almost like it could be a studio album. Both cuts from BFTG (“Yeah,” “No Reason To Complain”) are included. Best song is their wild, wild cover of Bo Diddley’s “I’m Alright” although it’s misspelled in the liner notes.

 –Sal Lucci (My Mind’s Eye)

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