Friday, May 27, 2011
Crud on Monster Island - Crud - 2010
"Bomb Bomb" kicks off Crud on Monster Island and starts as deceptively simple electro-rock loop and quickly builds momentum around the simple she give me bomb bomb when she boom boom refrain. It's an immediately infectious head-bobber, if not outright danceable and, just when you think you've got Crud pegged out of the gate, some heavily distorted guitar is piled on and you realize you damn well may be dealing with a rock and roll band. "We'll Not Be Broken" opens with a lonely keyboard and progresses into a driving, brooding number with a vocal immediately reminiscent of Bowie and Iggy and I expect frontman Vinnie Dombroski may be destined for greatness. This track could - and should - be a massive radio hit. By the intro to "Balaam's Ass Speaks" it's evident that Crud is not following any thematic path. This is channel switching at its best, when each new selection is as compelling as the alternatives. A biblical donkey's plea - why do ya beat me?!? - bounces back and forth between Dombroski and female lead Danielle Arsenault in the one moment closest to the Kult yet, thanks to what has emerged as the distinctive voice of David Black's guitar, remains Crud's very own.
"Monster A Go Go" and "The Devil is a Patient Man" are nice mid-tempo groovers and instantly have the listener yearning for those end-of-the-'80s days when Wax Trax! and their contemporaries were churning out platter after platter of this flavor of dark disco. "I'll Be Damned" gives in to the sin so fast and furious that it demands the volume knob be cranked clockwise 'til it snaps: ...Hell can't hold me, Heaven don't own me...since I can't break you, the Devil can take you... This one is a monster, plain and simple.
Devil at the Wheel, which, based on Crud on Monster Island, will be in my shopping cart very, very soon. In the meantime, check out samples from Crud on Monster Island and more at the band's website.