ALEXANDER THE TERRIBLE: Mouse Howl: CD

This band describes its sound as “folk punk with an extra x.” Of course, this sends my ears looking for the “extra x.” I find it in some of the songs and not in others. The “extra x” often comes in the form of raw, distorted electrified guitars. This, and some furious ukulele playing set it somewhere between the likes of Ghost Mice and This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb and the dark, spiritual-revival vocal rantings of someone like Jeffrey Lee Pierce. When the singer is not calling down hellfire, he is ranting like a deranged auctioneer, except what he’s selling is the truth! 

 –Lisa Weiss (alexandertheterrible.bandcamp.com)