ROCKET 808: Self-titled: LP

As slyly hinted at in the band’s name, this is an album comprised largely of a melding of rock’n’roll with drum machine. Twangy guitars drenched in reverb and Vibratone staccato meet rhythms that sound like they were time warped from Suicide’s first album to create a full-length that’s just beggin’ to be the soundtrack to some post-apocalyptic robot-goes-after-bad-guys western flick set deep in, say, Arizona. Simple yet potent throughout, with some great guitar work and a surprisingly effective reworking of the aforementioned Suicide’s “Ghost Rider,” a song that, up until a few minutes ago I would’ve said was impossible to cover without embarrassing oneself. –Jimmy Alvarado (12XU)