Somewhere between Bob Dobbs and Joseph Stalin, mushrooms, and Burt Reynolds’ chest hair we can trace the influences and common denominators between these two bands. Probably not very helpful. Pterodacdudes: Jammy and weedy, but not hippie. More like old rock’n’roll hooks filtered through well-worn denim and thrift store flannel. “(-)G2” is a meaty, catchy song with a soaring guitar. Audacity: A crunched-up, snapped cover of Red Cross’s “Annette’s Got the Hits” that stands up to Neon King Kong’s take. Their original, “Desert Man,” is just as antsy pantsy; a chaotic smudge of a song that has a nice “Ack, Ack, Ack, Ack” (both Urinals and Bill The Cat) anxiety to it.
–todd (Small Pool)