WHITE CLOUDS AND GUNFIRE / DESTRUCTORS 666: Caveat Emptor: Split CD

Split records like this should happen a lot more often: two bands that sound absolutely nothing like each other, and both rocking hard and well in their own distinctive fashion. White Clouds And Gunfire have kind of a fuzzy Kinks groove combined with new wave dance sensibilities on the first song. More of a commercial (read: nice, and likeable by everyone) sound on the second, and kind of a mellow late ‘80s-esque rock‘n’roll feel on the third tune. Ne’r have I heard so much in so little tunage by one band. And then comes Destructors 666—flat-out rockin’ my socks off with kind of a swamp-rocky undercurrent to a lot of it. Wowzers. So, the final tally: two extremely different bands, both of whom I liked for entirely different reasons, on the same record. Kind of like when I discovered that smoked turkey and tomato go really well on a blueberry bagel—you wouldn’t expect the mixed flavors to work all that well together, but it sure is tasty.

 –Eric Carlson (Rowdy Farrago / www.destructors666.com)