WEIRD TV: Self-titled: 12” EP

Sprouting out of a vibrant Olympia, Washington music scene, Weird TV is one of my favorite new bands. Their fuzzed-out garage punk sound includes tons of guitar wankery and had me hooked on this record from the first track. Guitarist John Root and bassist Erika Santillan churn out salvo after salvo of catchy riffs that get your head bobbing, and the frantic raging of Ben Trogdon on drums keeps the rhythm going as Root’s shredding threatens to bring everything down in a crash of wailing guitars. Through the roar of guitar, bass, and drums, vocalist Lizet Ortuño holds court, sounding to my ears like a more raw and gritty Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex. Her singing, mixed with a banshee-like howl which she lets loose on tracks like “Intro/TKM” and others, seals the deal for me. It’s a fantastic EP that has only left me wanting more. Full-length soon please?

 –Paul J. Comeau (Perennial)