MAC BLACKOUT: The Rabid Babies: CD

The press sheet mentions Big Black and Devo as major reference points for Mac Blackout. Seeing as those are two of my all-time favorite bands, I felt almost obligated to listen to this. After giving this a couple spins, I don’t really agree with the comparisons. This is way garageier than either of those two bands. There are a lot of keyboards and weird electronic sounds, like Devo, and some extreme, in-the-red guitar tones and drum machines, like Big Black, but it’s not quite the same type of thing. What this strikes me as is more like a one man version of the early L.A. art punk stuff like Geza X And The Mommymen, Black Randy And The Metrosquad, or The Eyes. This is fine for what it is, but not what I was expecting. This feels like music that shoots for innovative but instead lands at well-worn eclecticism.

 –Adrian (Dead Beat)