LOUD - HARRIS SHUTTER
Payper Tiger Records
certainly can’t fault The Loud when it comes to packaging
– a nicely folding out sleeve with odd little inserts, this
is a tasty looking… erm… mini LP? EP? I’m not
sure, but at 17 minutes and six tracks (listed on the sleeve as
Side A and Side B), this is a solid introduction to their music.
And the music is an impressive head-on collision of Sixties garage
punk, psychedelia and 1970s glam rock, with an inescapable T Rex
influence (There’s a Bomb in the House
particularly sounds like a Marc Bolan pastiche) mixed with the
likes of The Sonics and the 13th Floor Elevators, the odd whiff
of the Jesus and Mary Chain and with a certain Northern swagger
thrown in for good measure If they don’t quite
have the songs to live up to the sound, that’s no big deal
– they manage to bluff their way through, and as their name
suggests, are loud enough to bludgeon their way past any complaints.
In fact, opener Amy’s Gonna Get You is
a cracking little number, and Avida Dollars has
a funky, bluesy groove to it that should get even the most reluctant
audience member dancing at gigs. Just two highlights on a generally
impressive album (or whatever it is). Fuzztastic!.
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