My kneejerk reaction on Ken South Rock is that they sound like a lo-fi cross between Gasoline, Guided By Voices, and In Utero era Nirvana, though rarely do they sound like more than two of those bands at the same time. I would do more research on the bands to which I have just compared them, but then I’d have to do more research on the bands to which I have just compared them. Giant Battle Monster sound like that, plus Void and the first Meat Puppets EP. I think it might be possible enough to get stoned enough to think Giant Battle Monster are the best band in the world, but not if you might need to take a drug test some time within the next forty years. BEST SONG: Giant Battle Monster, “Hippopotamus” BEST SONG TITLE: Also “Hippopotamus.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Run-off grooves on the KSR side say “Raw! Life! Rock!” whilst the dead wax on the GBM side says “Naw ‘tis Vhul Yaugh.” So. There’s that.
–norb (Artificial Head, artinstitute.bandcamp.com)