The Toxenes= The Baby Shakes + The Cramps + The Horror Pops
The Toxenes are a rock ‘n roll trio from Minneapolis. They have previously released a single (2017) and a cassette album Electric Shock (2018). Double Creature Feature is their first LP on Vinyl. For those fans of rockabilly notions riding on garage, all infused with punk-rock messiness, this record is for you. Listening to this record is like binge watching a whole season of sounds. It’s got 18 grooves fully loaded with sugar and doused with rock ‘n roll vinegar.
CULT OF THE PSYCHIC FETUS SELF-TITLED Killjoy Records Street: 04.01.17 Cult Of The Psychic Fetus= The Cramps + Bobby “Boris” Pickett + The Moontrekkers
This little beauty of an EP comes straight from the crypts of the undead. Admittedly, I was skeptical of how much I would enjoy this record. I mean, with a name like Cult of the Psychic Fetus, I thought it would be silly, but as with many great records, one will likely find something cool if the album art is on point. So, take it from me that the art for this EP is solid, and so is the record.
This self-titled is a gothabilly gem that mixes the attitude of The Cramps-like rock n’ roll with monster mash tendencies. Sure, the themes of the dead and undead may be predictable, but Cult of the Psychic Fetus are a tight group with a tight sound. These guys really know how to play their rock n’ roll. It touches on the smoothness of the 1960s with the edginess of a band haunting the depths of the garage.
THE TERRORSURFS SURF BOMB/LOCO DINOSAURIO 7″ Killjoy Records Street: 06.09 The Terrorsurfs = The Phantom Surfers + Terrorsaurs
I have a complex appreciation for the raw sounds of surfy garage-punk. By its very nature, it’s music that invokes hostile feelings of rebellion and angst. This is the result of a unique, salt-water style that is made up of primitive guitar riffs that define its rambunctious sound. It’s a familiar style of rebellion best suited for the wilds of the ocean waves. One could say that it all started with The Ventures or Dick Dale or even The Safaris. Years after these pioneers laid down this foundation came the birth of punk. This new philosophy reenergized this style with a dangerous attitude and subsequently, we get bands like Guantanamo Baywatch, The Phantom Surfers, or in this case, The Terrorsurfs.