ALLIGATOR: Prehistoric Reptilians: Cassette

Thrashing cymbal crashes offset with treble-kicking guitar parts to scatter the magnetic ions on this tape-recorded gem. This group is made up of various members of other bands and this effort feels and seems like a Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band of sorts. (The urban legend: The Beatles invented alter egos to forget being The Beatles and just make music made from a fresh state of mind without expectations.) But instead of dressing like cashiers at Long John Silvers, the members of Alligator don alligator attire at shows and this tape, previously released as an LP and CD, includes track names such as “Iguana Tooth,” “Anacondas,” and “Rattlesnakes,” to name a few. These songs mix yelling vocals with dance-y tight rhythms, which makes the music feel like a less experimental Q And Not U. In line with Dischord ten-dollar credos, “Pay no more than $5” is printed in the tape notes. But more line with their very own Prehistoric Reptilians credos this recording you can get on an old school cassette tape. My only qualm with this release is the eight tracks go by so fast that they leave me wanting for more. –N.L. Dewart

 –guest (People’s Republic Of Rock And Roll)