The latest full length by Elephant Rifle, Party Child is psychotic bliss. The album artwork alone should give you some insight to that. (The cover is black and white and has an illustration of a zombie couple giving birth to what looks like a dog on one side and another zombie regurgitating a similar animal.) If that doesn’t get you to pick it up, then check out the song titles, such as “Nurse Feratu,” “Rib-Eye for the Dead Guy,” and my favorite “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, Part II.” These Reno boys blew me away the first time I saw them. They are the type of band that you may have never heard of, you see them play, and you’re instantly stoked and want to buy all their merch. Their live show often features the singer, Brad, shirtless, climbing around anything in sight, and exposing his lovely belly. This record is artistic, heavy, chaotic, and will make you wanna go do something creative or destructive when you hear it. Imagine The Birthday Party and Nirvana having a baby and then imagine that baby smoking drugs and then you have an idea of Elephant Rifle’s sound. If you missed it, to raise money for this record, the grand prize for the highest donation got you a sexy bikini car wash. It was geographically limited, but the winner truly scored on this LP. I highly recommend checking this band out.
–Ryan Nichols (Humanterrorist, humaniterrorist.tumblr.com)