SPIRITUAL CRAMP: Police State: 7” EP

These enigmatic San Franciscans lurch like lead Weebles between distorto-punk (“Spiritual Cramp”) to evil anarchist reggae (“850 Bryant”) to stabby Clash-punk (“I Feel Bad Bein’ Me”) to something that sounds like a heavier version of some of the more lucid moments of Fingerprintz or some band like that (“Blood Clot”), always somehow managing to sound like thirty-two ounces of toxic glop in a twenty ounce coffee cup in the process. I was not immediately attracted, but now I find myself strangely intrigued. I like them. I imagine them to be well-read, articulate, poor, able to lift fairly heavy objects with relative ease, and somewhat smelly. BEST SONG: “Blood Clot.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Spiritual Cramp” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: If the song timings on the back cover are accurate, the B side of this record runs for six minutes and twenty seconds on 45 rpm, which is nuts but doesn’t sound at all bad. –Rev. Nørb (Deranged)