SWITCHBLADE KID, THE: Self-titled: CD

Mar 07, 2013

In all honesty, with a named appropriated from ‘50s teen-angst film staple Sal Mineo and a cover pic with leather jacket, striped shirt, and sunglasses I kinda expected something more along the standard “punk’n’roll” treadmill. What instead came outta the speakers was some choice noise-pop with a clear lineage directly to the Jesus And Mary Chain, as well as the Velvet Underground and the noisier, more rambunctious wing of the whole “shoegaze” thing. While things sound a bit muffled overall, the songs are consistently strong and downright hummable. It’s been an interesting review cycle full of lots of interesting stuff, and this one in particular is entrenching itself into the noggin more and more with each successive listen.

 –jimmy (Miss Molly)

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