by GE 138.
Billing themselves as a 'desert surfing trio' from Las Vegas, the Desert Island Boys play an rudimentary style of surf music meshed with stoner doom metal riffs and avant-garde jazz runs with an occasional outburst of some ska licks thrown in just to fuck with you and it's all topped with some nasally ass whiny vocals and terrible rhyme schemes to bring it all home in one very bad Dead Milkmen-ish package. This band is at the forefront of bands breaking out of the backyard party circuit here in Vegas, where things like originality or tight musical performances are not as much of a priority as recycling riffs or partying and jamming on some tasty tunes with your friends is. Apathetic? Maybe. Doesn't mean that it can't be good, not everything has to be so serious ya know, and while for the most part this album is pretty much heavy reverb stoner surf jam filler, which I'm pretty sure sounds great after a few Natty Ice's and some righteous and tasty dabs from the bong, there are a few standout tracks on here which gives me hope for the future of this band. Brewsing is pretty catchy, Mooch Gooch is interesting, and Atomic would be great if it had words to it. It's one of 3 or 4 instrumentals the band threw on this release, either because they like instrumentals or because they got too fucked up and couldn't write lyrics to them. Either or, this self-titled release from the Desert Island Boys is a good step towards establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with here in the Vegas scene. While not my cup of tea I don't hate it, which I guess says something, right? Right! 😎
Available from Asteroid M Records. Digitally available from the Desert Island Boys Bandcamp page by clicking here. You can check this release out on Soundcloud (click here) and Spotify (click here). The band has a YouTube page as well (click here). Go figure. "Like" the band on Facebook by clicking here, and follow them on Instagram by clicking here.
I hate having to do this, having to review a release by a band I was deeply involved in, because it's never going to end good. You know I'm gonna say that it sucks! LOL I mean, I devote my time, come up with the drum parts, help develop the guitar riffs, give the songs a structure (sometimes even inspiring and contributing song lyrics and ideas), give the band a solid place to practice for free, record and mix endless hours of rehearsals and spin them into MP3's that nobody listens to, and for all that work do you think I'd get a shout out or some sort of acknowledgement as to my contribution to the band or to the songs now comprised of a CD that they want me to review? Nope, not one concilitary word... hahaha Oh well. It's great to have such amazingly good friends in your life, right? So with that in mind, let's get into this release from Lean 13 called Drinking In The Parking Lot. Ugh. A terrible title but apt for this group of lazy borrachos. And the cover photo was taken in front of The Dive bar too... LAME!! 🤢
I tried to pawn this CD off on Bob to review like I did the last time this situation came up, but all he turned in was his usual "this is terrible the demos recorded in the front room sound better" BS and in this case I'm inclined to believe him. I mean, this CD, its well recorded and all that, mix is a bit bass/drum heavy, but whatever, but everything on here sounds terribly slow and uninspired, almost forced. It's sterile. There's no "pop", no feeling of life, no excitement, except for Hey Where You From? - that song came out surprisingly good - it rips, but everything else on here? Meh. Plus the Bingo Billy thing bothers me a lot. All the drum tracks on here were played by Bingo Billy (RIP) but you'd never know that by what's written on the liner notes inside of the CD. It says the drums were played by the new guy Scott but I know that's not the case. Why the lie? No idea. Bingo Billy was a member of Lean 13 when he died (he replaced me) and why they didn't think to Honor their deceased ex-bandmates last musical contribution to this world and our little scene here in Vegas is mind blowing but whatever. That's on them, not me. And I'm not gonna get into the whole "these are S.F.T. songs" debate because there's no debate on it - they are! LOL I was in S.F.T. long enough to know that 80% of the songs on ths release are previous S.F.T. songs, songs that were played live and everything, songs going all the way back to 2014 (I got the practice MP3's to prove it! 😂) so again, why the band didn't give credit where credit was due to their friends and previous bandmates Tom and Brian, aka The Jones Brothers in the album credits is mind blowingly weak. Ugh. These assholes... I love them! 🤣🤣🤣
Speaking of Love, I love hearing other drummers try to play my drum lines. They never do it right. I can play theirs all day perfectly but they can never cover mine, and I wish Bingo Billy was still around so I could rib him on how badly he played all my drum lines on this CD - except for the song Masturbation Is Murder. I don't know where that one came from. It's an actual new song I know nothing about... ha ha I've been listening to this CD on repeat ad nauseum and can't find the silver lining on this dark cloud of musical desperation and total and complete dick your friends over weaksauce. All I can see is the missed potential in all of these songs and all I can hear is the "what could of been" all over this release from Lean 13. I'm not saying it's not good, maybe it is, I dunno, all I'm saying is that I don't like it and I don't think I'll be listening to it more than I have to. I don't think it's very good at all. It's amateurish. It's high school backyard kegger party level of musical aspirations, which is fine and dandy if you're some stupid kid with patches sewn all over your clothing and spouting off stupid shit like "Up da Punx" while hanging out at Cash 4 Chaos and posing. If you're that kid you'll like this CD, but if you're old enough to vote or buy booze, well then maybe you won't... ha ha ha ha It's pretty "Punk Rock"... whether that's a good thing or not is entirely up to you and your maturity level. 😎
At the beginning I said I was the wrong guy to review this, but to paraphrase Darby Crash a little bit, they wanted a onethirtyeight.org review, they got it. Hope it was everything you expected and less! Salud! ☠
Available from Infinite Strength Records by clicking here. Digitally available on Spotify by clicking here. You can buy the Drinking In The Parking Lot album on Amazon Japan by clicking here. Like Lean 13 on Facebook by clicking here. Follow the band on Instagram by clicking here. Listen to a couple of the early demos from the album on the Lean 13 Bandcamp page by clicking here.
Written by GE 138.
Ugh, he rhymed 'gutter' with 'mother'... lol And the title of this album is terrible. Reminds me of Overkill's song Hello From The Gutter. I mean, most of these guys in this band live in posh houses in swanky well to do neighborhoods. They're about as gutter as Trump is honest. 😅
This debut album from Dirk Vermin & The Hostile Talent, called Sweet Dreams (From The Gutter) is basically the second Naked City Romeos release, without the swagger of Eric on vocals and Cory's creepy fingerwork on bass. Either that or it's the whatever numbered release from The Vermin, with an added second guitar and minus the vocal work of whiskey grizzled goofball Senor Rob Ruckus, who's a THC master extraordinaire of sorts nowadays. This sounds like everything Dirk Vermin has done before musically. I mean, having a sound is not a bad thing. Dirk Vermin has a sound, a recognizable style about him with everything he does musically, same with Lee Ving, Glenn Danzig, whoever, and this release has Dirk's DNA all over it's pretty face for better or for worse. Production wise it sounds great, it's mixed well, the "all-star" lineup of musicians assembled for this project all shine in their collective instrument spotlight, but I dunno, minus a few exceptional songs - Hey Rockstar, Middle Finger, this sounds like some ham fisted glammy shit from back in the 90's when the Punk Rock dudes from the 80's let their hair grow long and joined Rock 'N' Roll bands and did major amounts of blow and then rode their Harley's up and down Melrose looking for underage teenage chicks to impress with their musical coolness. Think Steve Jones Fire And Gasoline era and Brian Baker's stint in Junkyard and you'll get the reference. 😎 That's what this release reminds me of. Wasn't expecting a reinvention of the wheel but was hoping for something better than this. Dirk Vermin & The Hostile Talent have a tee shirt that says 'your Dad's Punk Rock', and it's a pretty apt description of the band: it's slow, it's old, it's drunk, cranky, and probably up way past it's bedtime. Meh. And speaking of the Naked City Romeos, why did the band redo that Kill The Rat song by them, which the Naked City Romeos's do better, BTW, as well as a few other kind of obscure Vermin cover songs? I guess it's because that's what old Punk guys do - they re-record their earlier catalog because they can play it better now or because they no longer own the rights to said early material and are looking to cash in... hee hee hee I love my friends in Dirk Vermin & The Hostile Talent but this release is pretty much relegated to background music for guys having a midlife crisis while working out at the gym. Dad Punk. I'll Pass.
Available from the wonderful folks at Squid Hat Records on beautiful red colored vinyl by clicking here. Also available digitally by clicking here. Available for streaming and purchase on Amazon (click here), Spotify (click here), Best Buy (click here) and wherever else Punk Music is sold like the cheap disposable commodity that it is. "Like" Dirk Vermin & The Hostile Talent on Facebook by clicking here.
Ahhhhhhhhh, the Dwarves. Now here's a band that you can set your Punk Rock watch to. Unapologetically punishing in their delivery, the Dwarves are a non-PC breath of stale beer cigarette tinged air, and they rarely, if ever, fail to deliver the goods when given the chance to, and on this, their 13th full length release called Take Back The Night, the Dwarves stomp and swagger like the Punk Rock titans that they are, although maybe not as angry as they used to be, and definitely not as fast and sloppy as they used to be either, but still, just as mighty. 17 songs in 26 minutes. That's pretty Punk Rock. Not bad. This is the "going back to their early sound" release that established bands are forced to put out, an album where every song, every riff, sounds vaguely similar to something the band had put out years early when they were in their prime. Nostalgia Sells. Songs like Safe Space, Down And Dirty, Here's Looking At You, The Giver, and Nowhere Fast, are all brutally great stuff, don't get me wrong, but if you're a longtime Dwarves fan you'll hear where they copped the lick from an early classic tune from. Not a bad thing just an observation. It's hard to keep up with who's in the Dwarves nowadays, but as long as Blag sneers and snarls and croons away as the ringmaster to this demented Punk Rock 'N' Roll circus, then it really doesn't matter who's in the band, now does it? This CD sounds fantastic. Kudos to Andy Carpenter for mixing this shit and making it sound as good as it does. There's 4 clean versions of songs from the album tacked onto the end of the CD for some reason, versions of the songs without the cuss words in them, but you can just ignore them all. Imagine that, the Dwarves pandering to radio stipulations hoping to get airplay. What has the world come to? LOL This is a pretty good release from the Dwarves. Certainly not their best, but definitely not their worst. I dig it.
Available on beautiful colored vinyl from Burger Records by clicking here. It's also available digitally via the Dwarves Bandcamp page, which you can go to by clicking here. It's also available on dwarves.com (click here), Amazon.com (click here), Spotify (click here), and wherever else Punk Rock is packaged and processed and made all nice for profit.
hahahahahaha I don't know why I even bother reviewing new releases from Suicidal Tendencies. I guess it's because I have so much time and amazing memories associated with the band, for better or for worse. It can't be anything else. I keep hoping for a "return to greatness" kind of thing from the band, not necessarily the greatness of the self-titled classic first album, but greatness more along the lines of 1999's Freedumb release maybe? I dunno. Songs like Ain't Mess'n Around (originally a Cyco Miko solo song) Get United and SED sound tired and forced, Authority sounds like a rejected Infectious Grooves tune, and the most criminal act on display on this album is the hugely underutilization of drum god Dave Lombardo's drumming skills. They are entirely wasted on this petri dish of bad musical bacteria. Brooks Wackerman was a better drummer for Suicidal Tendencies than Dave Lombardo is, but I guess you make the best musically with what you're given. Phooey. I don't know why there's 4 different versions of the title track Get Your Fight On on this EP but there is, one acoustic, one bass instrumental, one guitar instrumental, and then the original track from their World Gone Mad release that they put out a few years ago. AND, just to pile onto the musical mediocrity that this EP release is, they throw in a cover of Iggy And The Stooges classic I Got A Right - the first official cover song ever done by Suicidal Tendencies, so there ya go! 😁😁😁 Unless you're some sort of a Suicidal Tendencies junkie that needs to hear everything that the band has ever done, you can skip this release without missing out on a thing. Musical mediocrity at it's finest. Pass.