our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
So the other
night I was watching some program or another in Fox's Sunday night
lineup (most likely Oliver Beene - trust me, I only watch it because
it's between The Simpsons and Malcolm in the Middle). Anyway,
I'm watching this show and the commercials come on, and it's this
unbelievably lame commercial for Coors beer with some guys at
a rock show and one of the guys is dancing like an idiot. The
commercial was horrid, but what was interesting was the fact that
The Mooney Suzuki were the band onstage.
Now, say what you
will about bands offering their music and image for commercial
use, but I for one was a bit disappointed. Here we have one of
the most promising "garage rock revival" bands promoting
what is arguably one of the worst macro-brew beers available.
Anyway, there's a
point to this story, however horrible this lead-in may be. And
the point is, don't judge The Mooney Suzuki by the beer they promote.
Their debut album, Electric Sweat is an unbelievable
work in that retro-rock sound that's been nearly beaten to death
by Industry A&R over the past few years. Fortunately, these
guys are about as close to the real deal as one can get.
Of course there are
the obvious homages to MC5 and a bit of Television here, and if
you're going to compare Electric Sweat to any of the
other "more popular" 60's rock revival bands, The Strokes
would be first to come to mind. But where The Strokes seem at
times a bit more concerned about image, The Mooney Suzuki feel
more attuned to their music. The opening of "Electric Sweat"
digs right in with gritty, fairly nonsensical lyrics: "Get
ready, Get set, What you get is electric sweat!"
Still, with the classic
rock sound "Oh Sweet Susanna" and the Booker T-esque
organ-infused rock dance of "It's Showtime, Pt. 2" it's
evident The Mooney Suzuki have a bit more up their sleeve than
so-called stylish rehash of other bands' past glories. Their sound,
no matter how rooted in retro it may be, is entirely their own.
And that's why it's entirely likely that once the kitsch of 60's
garage rock blows over, they'll be one of the few left standing.
At least we hope so.
liked Electric Sweat...
1. Electric Sweat
2. In A Young Man's Mind
3. Oh Sweet Susanna
4. A Little Bit Of Love
5. It's Not Easy
6. It's Showtime Pt. II
7. I Woke Up This Mornin'
8. The Broken Heart
9. Electrocuted Blues
10. Electric Sweat (Live Video)
11. In A Young Man's Mind (Live Video)
12. I Woke Up This Mornin' (Live Video)