MONKEYWRENCH, THE/IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS, THE: Split: 7″

The Monkeywrench are fucking awesome. I’m not a huge fan of supergroups, but christ, any time you can get Mark Arm singing in front of Tom Price and Tim Kerr’s guitars, well then, my friend, you got a song that’s kicking my ass. They do just one song here: a cover of 13th Floor Elevators’ “Levitation.” I don’t know the original, but this cover is amazing. The kind of song you listen to twice before flipping the record. As for the Immortal Lee County Killers, well, they prove that white boys can play the blues. All it takes is a decade of heavy drinking, a total disregard for all the classic rock that fucked up the blues for about forty years, some mighty fine slide guitar, and all the requisite power and distortion that comes with being a punk band. They do one song here, a cover of RL Burnside’s “Goin’ Down South.” Which begs the question, if the Killers are from Alabama, where do the go when they’re “goin’ down South”?

 –sean (Bronx Cheer)