FAST AND THE COOL, THE: 4-Track Demos: CD

This is new wavish super-distorto janglish stargazin’ sonic splendor that’s all-at-once trippy, poppy, funky, sludgy, and feel-good giddy. In an unusually odd display of audial diversity, the succulently sweet songs contained herein are a magical mishmash of infinitely mind-reeling instrumentation ala Cheap Trick, Badfinger, Stereolab, Smashing Pumpkins, Devo, Spacemen 3, and even a bit of “Rubber Soul”-era Beatles. I especially enjoyed the invigorating spontaneity of the spastic tribal drumming, the sporadic eruptions of a synthesizer’s ebullient emotings, and the intermittent effervescence of fuzz effects. The whiney bratty schoolboy vocals are strainfully similar to The Judys, Violent Femmes, and Dead Milkmen (annoying at times, but certainly unique and vividly impressive). All in all, this delightful lil’ disc possesses a euphoric childlike innocent quality to it that’s both endearing and uniquely divine…

 –guest (Geff Grimes, Crystal Clear Sound)