HOT CROSS/LIGHT THE FUSE AND RUN: Split: CDEP

Two songs and one video of each. Hot Cross’ video is a simple live clip with attendant poor sound, and their studio tracks are too heavy on the jangle and noodle to get away with so much screaming about eyes and hands and voices and pictures. Light the Fuse and Run, on the other hand, turned in a better video (interview and live footage, soundtracked with the two songs from the audio part of the disc) and better songs: second one’s a slow, quiet instrumental that evokes old Western movies, but “Ghost Town” shows that these fellows know how to write a dang song: meaty riffs, proper timing on the tension-buildup parts, discriminate use of “fuck”s, and lyrics that, while obscure, actually bring to mind something concrete. Ain’t no Flesh Eating Creeps, but what is?

 –doug (Level Plane/Electric Human Project)