One of those bands I hear and instantly wonder, Where have they been all my life?! A band that has “Today we harvest your brains” in their lyrics is a band worth listening to. Wizzard Sleeve, from Alabama, sound like some lost band from the early punks days of L.A. and S.F. Imagine the Screamers, Catholic Discipline, Chrome, and a little bit of early Tuxedo Moon mixed together into one toxic mass. Synthesizers that bury a distorted and crackly guitar, bass lines that snake around, and percussion that keeps the whole circus in line. The music is ultimately dark, but there are pop sensibilities and garage rock elements blended in with a post punk sound. The whole album is great, but the songs that really grab are “No Mongo,” “Alabama’s Doomed,” “Pterodactyl Meltdown,” “High Bugs,” and they beautifully mangle “When I Die” from the Pagans. This is the sort of record I can listen to over and over for days.
–M.Avrg (HoZac, hozacrecords.com)