KIDS BORN WRONG: Book of Vile Darkness: LP

Sep 22, 2022

While the band’s claim of being for fans of “Hasil Adkins, Misfits, Link Wray, Gun Club” is wishful thinking bordering on the delusional (it’s hard to imagine Haze, Glenn, Link, or Jeffrey Lee signing off on including a D&D-manual-as-lyric-booklet with an album), this Louisville outfit rolls enough twenties to keep things interesting for us marginally engaged layman types. Much of the first side is pretty great: In the high spots, the band sounds like first-album-Damned doing third-or-fourth-album-Damned material, or horror garage, or even straight-up dopey high-energy ’50s rock’n’roll (“Mermaid Blues”), leaving puzzled onlookers to wonder of what further horrors these twisted minds might be capable. The second side leans a bit to the slower side and thusly loses me. Still, that’s the album title of the month by a long shot. BEST SONG: “The Googies.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Fuck Around and Get a Screwdriver in the Neck.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: This album is on gold vinyl that looks so molten that I fear to handle it lest I wind up like Johnny Tremain. –Rev. Nørb (What’s For Breakfast, wfbrecords.com)

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