KING BROTHERS: Wasteland: CD

This is pretty cool stuff—Japanese hardcore blues, as they call themselves. It’s got a lot of energy and a dirty edge. King Brothers have previously released an album on In The Red Records, so that may give you a general idea of what they’re like. But I could see them fitting in with bands on Sympathy For The Record Industry back in the day or Goner Records. They also thank Guitar Wolf and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in their album, and I can imagine them touring with King Brothers. Most of the lyrics on Wasteland are in Japanese but their sound and energy is universal. From video I watched, they put on an incredible live show and they’ve been around for about twenty years, so they’re certainly doing something right. If you want high-octane blues rock and roll, then check this out. –Kurt Morris (Hound Gawd)