OSCARS, THE: American Idol: CD

Low-res cover art worried me, but sure enough this is the same band that released a rad Memphis homegrown 5-song EP on Contaminated Records. This one is on Bootleg Records and just as basement-created. Recorded at Tronic Graveyard by Jay and Alicja and, sure enough, sounds like a descendent of the Reatards/Oblivians/etc, with some creepy inbreeding resulting in noise and moderate speed. Then I finally recognized it: these are all those weird songs on Thrasher’s skate rock comps I could never find the whole albums for. Not really, just a metaphor.

 –mike (Bootleg, www.oscarsindustries.com)