WILD BILLY CHILDISH AND THE SPARTAN DREGS: Forensic R&B: LP

New combo featuring Billy Childish, a man synonymous with garage rock. The mention of Childish’s name conjures up images of guitar tones and lyrical themes, making the listener familiar with the album before its first spin. The Spartan Dregs are different than many of Childish’s previous groups in that he doesn’t sing or play guitar, instead he plays a snarling bass and chimes in some backing vocals. I’m not sure who the singer/guitarist is, but he isn’t just a Childish clone. His voice is warblier and his guitar less slashing, but that doesn’t make The Spartan Dregs any less powerful. I think these songs were initially released as a limited series of 7”s with handcrafted covers. I don’t even want to know what kind of prices they’re fetching.

 –Sal Lucci (Damaged Goods)