MONSTERS, THE: The Hunch: CD

It’s always sort of fascinating to see how the symbols of classic American culture are adopted and repackaged overseas. In no setting is this phenomenon more apparent than the great international echo chamber of psychobilly. The Monsters hail from Switzerland, and this CD is a reissue of the original 1992 release. The Hunch opens with a creepy serial killer quote—the first of a serious excess of samples—and goes on to be exactly what anybody would expect after one look at the pulp magazine cover art. In “The Creature from the Black Lagoon,” the growling frontman purports to be, aside from the title character, “a teenage zombie,” “a werewolf,” and “a B-picture movie star.” Other lyrical topics include murder, infernal romance, and unhealthy sexual activities. The guitars are surfy; the bass is upright; the vocals are guttural and rife with haunted house groans. I can’t say The Monsters brought anything new or particularly exciting to psychobilly’s campy table, but if the Meteors and the Guana Batz are your jam, then by all means have at it. 

 –Indiana Laub (Voodoo Rhythm)