DETONATIONS, THE: Victim b/w Rayman: 7″

The A-side is the keeper and has the feel of the Gears, early Cramps, and a sprinkle of X (with the oscillating male/female vocals). Nervous, sketchy vocals, hollow-sounding guitars, jangling bass and solid songwriting that’s got a nice twang and groove. For the B-side, I don’t think it’d be a bad thing to cut some of the longer, slower fat that keeps the song together. It drags a little. However, that’s partially made up by the beautiful packaging: silk-screened fluorescent and silver inks, and a picture that looks like an alternate to early Briefs promo shots, but the band’s wrapped in explosives, not hit with bats and chains.

 –todd (Rhinestone/Detonations)