NATURAL MAN & THE FLAMIN’ HOT BAND: Self-titled: 7” EP

These cats are mixing ‘n’ matching often disparate corners of rock’s underground—some new wave here, some Stooges Detroit groove there, a dash of the Deadbeats’ catchier moments here, and other traits from assorted oddballs—into an anarchic gumbo of punk weirdness. The four tracks here work cohesively as a whole, yet also stand solidly on their own, each almost anthemic in their earnestness, poppy on their own terms and decidedly off the tread-worn road. –Jimmy Alvarado (Neck Chop)