@@@ KinZie: Dead Eyes (Self-released, 2019) I got to this rock record via a music publicist email. These guys hail from the fine state of Alabama — say hi to Roy Moore for me, I love that horny Christian dude, he’s awesome. This is some old school R.E.M. style indie guitar music. It’s got a bit of firehose mixed in there as well. The record hasn’t been compressed a bunch so it could use a little volume to get that rocking vibe over to the listener’s ears more clearly. It’s not really a style I can get excited about much anymore but it’s awfully difficult to shit on the singer as he’s just so earnest in his delivery. I’m on the third song and Imma gonna tip now as I’ve seen this show and this is a show for other folks.
@@@ Viagra Boys: Street Worms (Year0001, 2018) Trashy glam punk from the Line of Best Fit weekly email. It’s part Prodigy and a dollop of Nine Inch Nails without the synth. This first tune, Down in the Basement, is high energy with a quasi ranting singer who I kinda dig, a distorted bass and a blasting chorus when it hits. It does straddle both straight rock and punk and it would be better served it was one or the other. If it was some super dirty punk I could get with it more as I love that filth.
YTD recordings listened to: 366
Good music, not list worthy: 218
Not good music: 126
Honorable Mentions: 0
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