WHOOSIE WHAT’S IT’S, THE: Owl Systems Go!!!: 12” 45

This record confounded me a bit at the onset, as the drums were all stiff and primitive but the vocals were all breathy and sophisticated, leading me to the sort of cognitive dissonance one might expect were one to wake up one day to find Palmyra Delran singing on the sixth Supercharger album or something. It doesn’t really bean the listener in the head with its precision and execution, like, say, the Baby Shakes, nor does it grasp the listener by the reptilian forebrain and whisk them into a sea of primitive low-budget jungle urges like the aforementioned Supercharger, either. I feared it might slide into a sort of no-man’s-land of punk which was competent and upbeat, yet otherwise unremarkable. By Side 2, however, the elements started working together for me in a sort of Midnight Snaxxx-ish way—which was probably the intention anyway—so thumbs up (if you have thumbs). The lyrics to “I Don’t Wanna Go” are great: “I don’t wanna go to Cupertino, I don’t wanna go to San Bernardino, I don’t wanna go to San Bruno… all those towns sound the same, they got ‘no’ right in the name!” Owl you need is love! BEST SONG: “I Don’t Wanna Go.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Middle Feather.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: According to the flyers on the lyric insert, the Whoosie What’s It’s once played a show with a band named “Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang,” which is awesome. –Rev. Nørb (Self-released)