Hawaii Five-O, Hurricane Bob/Speed of weed (Beat Atlas) 7"
Two clear 7" singles that finally see the full release of some demo
tracks reviewed here previously, with a couple remixed for extra
grit. "Hurricane Bob" is probably the most unashamedly pop of the 6
tracks here---Kim Gordon fronting the Monkeys---but "Fry", on the
b-side, is better with its nasty Hammond verse into sugar-coated
chorus. "Speed of weed" opens the other disc, a slow builder from the
fragile intro to the grinding wall of noise that recalls the
fleetingly-popular-here-once Aussies Ratcat and back again. Best is
saved til last, however, with "The Salem Strangler", a lurching
Riot-grrrly theremin wildcat of a tune, swinging in a noisesome
fashion from the straight and narrow. 6a Macmillan Ave, Christchurch
2, New Zealand.
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