MONOTONIX: Where Were You When It Happened?: CD

May 20, 2010

I caught this Israeli three-piece at the Knockout in San Francisco with Triclops! over Thanksgiving weekend about two years ago and was impressed by the wild man antics and stage show put on by the nearly naked, hirsute, and mustachioed front man, Ami Shalev. Singing atop the bar, pouring candle wax into his underpants, shooting fireworks out of his ass, it was certainly a sight to see. Didn’t actually remember much what they sounded like before picking up this here CD out of the review pile at HQ. What we have here is sort of a missing link between the doom and sludge of later Flag albums like Loose Nut or Slip it In, the head banging lumberjack big fuzz of Mudhoney’s “Touch Me I’m Sick,” and Nirvana’s Bleach:sharp blasts of rip roaring rock and roll interspersed with heavy jams that trudge along like clockwork. And for a band with no bassist, there is some serious groove to these tunes. As well, they do a nice job of filling out the sound; no emptiness or hollowness to the recordings. Definitely a band worth seeing live. And when they come to town, pick up this record. It’s worth your hard-earned dollars.

 –Jeff Proctor (Drag City)