The good news is, the Beltones are still getting better. The vocals vibrate out of the speakers at a dizzying speed, sounding like something between a snarl and a growl and, if you can decipher the lyrics, they’re funny and angry and pretty damn good. The music keeps up with the speed and, like the lyrics, it’s pretty complex once you separate it from the fuzz. I really like this band. I like these two new songs. I even like the cover with its trashy, shitty-in-pink punk rock broad on the cover and the crazy collage in the back. The bad news, though, is that you get, what, four minutes of music and then it’s done. Just like their eighteen minute full-length and twenty minute shows. It’s good to be left wanting more, but it’s better to fill up the vinyl and get, like four two-minute songs instead of two.
–sean (Radio, PO Box 1452, Sonoma, CA 95476)