ZENTRALHEIZUNG OF DEATH: Would You Rather…?: LP

Known more informally as “ZHOD,” or less informally as “ZentralHeizung of Death (des Todes)” ((any way you slice it, it winds up meaning “Central Heating of Death,” so clearly we’ve done business with some of the same landlords)), these nutty Erfurters come off as sounding like a much less precious version of latter-day punk-pop-psych-garage vendors like the Bare Wires ((“Artificial Clouds” in particular)), but doled out in a much more stompy and gaily festooned package ((although I guess one can’t get much more gaily festooned than the Seeking Love album cover, so I quickly retract that allegation)). The longer songs have a nice, Mo Tucker-esque, pounding chug to them; the faster songs come off almost like a less-hyper version of Sweet Baby. I don’t know what kind of drugs they’ve been putting in my girlie drink, but I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. BEST SONG: “Jodie’s Car.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Pressure Leak.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Record spine reads down-to-up and I hate that. 

 –norb (Alien Snatch, aliensnatch.com)