MORLOCKS, THE: Bring on the Mesmeric Condition: CD

I was first introduced to The Morlocks eighteen years ago when my college radio station was throwing away a battered copy of their ’87 album Submerged Alive. This modern incarnation of the band features long-time Morlocks vocalist Leighton Koizumi, but none of the band’s other original members. On Bring on The Mesmeric Condition, Koizumi’s hired guns serve as excellent stand-ins for the originals. Their psych-infused garage rock tunes are the perfect backing to the crooning and snarling of Koizumi’s vocal delivery. Every track on this album is an earworm, but the most catching for me was “One Foot in the Grave,” with its Jerry Lee Lewis-esque piano backing some killer guitar licks. If you’re looking for an album that captures the spirit of classic rock’n’roll, look no further. – Paul J. Comeau (Hound Gawd!, houndgawd.com)