STATIC EYES: The Thaw: 7”

Aug 02, 2017

Good band name and great record cover. If I saw this as I perused the Thrillhouse Records bin in San Francisco, I’d take a gamble on it. And, I wouldn’t be disappointed. Surprised, but not disappointed. This isn’t the Deranged-realm hardcore band I was expecting; rather, a throwback to ‘60s garage rock bands, with a punk rock edge. Clean rhythm guitar combined with a fuzzed-out Fender Twin-sounding lead guitar and reverbed-out vocals make for a solid take on the classic Northwest garage rock sound—as epitomized by the Sonics and Wailers—but sans organ and horns. Strong showing from these Wisconsinites. –Chad Williams (Kitschy Manitou,