MEAN REDS/WIRES ON FIRE: Split: CD/DVD

Two songs each from these L.A. based bands. Each band does one of their own songs and then a cover. Mean Reds’ “Memories I Think” is fairly enjoyable while their cover choice of “Minor Threat” has a funky keyboard part in the middle that may catch the listener off guard. Wires on Fire’s original is “Million Dollar Maybes” which seems to be an ode to their favorite artist—Alice Cooper. I’m taking a shot in the dark here since they cover “I’m Eighteen” as their next selection. “Poison” would have been nice—but let’s not split hairs here. The DVD that comes with it is from a show that the bands did in a warehouse in L.A. in October 2004. Nicely shot but there was a little too much footage of half-inch flaccid pork torpedoes in both band’s set. Trust me on this—I watch so you don’t have to.

 –koepenick (Buddyhead)