Mar 24, 2009

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)

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