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So what if the artwork for Thundercrack's debut album is half fluorescent orange and half bright purple, with a jagged lightning bolt dividing the two halves? So the photo of the band was altered to have a heavily contrasted, near-animated look. And, sure, the lead holds a square-shaped, checkered guitar while the other two band members wear rectangular-shaped shades.

Judge not lest ye be judged. Don't judge a book by its cover. One of those clichés (or are they hard truths from the Book o' Life?) will do, anyway. 'Cause if one did judge this album by its cover, one might expect the Thundercrack guys to have absurd hairdos, wear skinny ties and play '80s new wave (or is it no wave? One of 'em, anyhoo).

And such is not the case. These three fellows — lead singer/guitarist/organist Nick Normal, drummer/organist Jay Automatic and guitarist/pianist Stanley Roadrunner — make fuzzed-out-all-the-way-through, stomping and yelping, often synth-driven garage rock. Sure, most garage-rockers have a little distortion and fuzz here and there, but Thundercrack use so much of it, their sound wouldn't be their sound without it. It's easy to find the spirit of The Stooges in their roughed-up, gritty and sometimes screeching tunes. And in the fashion of '60s garage, their songs often incorporate party-time rhythms you can shake your booty to.

Led by echoing electrified sneer-singing that recalls the Butthole Surfers, "ES 125" rides on a catchy beat, tambourine slaps and a dirty guitar riff. "Get My Money Back" is probably the most pissed-off, grating and indecipherable track, while the bluesy "Fallin' of the Log" has deep hand-clap fed rhythm and danceable, low, thumping beats. "Cheap Cosmetic" does start out with an '80s synthesizer robotic whine (the synthesizer infiltrates intermittently throughout), but a haunting guitar line and rock 'n' roll vocals bust in, reminding you that this is not a retro act but a classic one.

End note: I've nothing against new wave or no wave. And Thundercrack do make use of nifty synthesizer noises, so I'm well aware of the holes in my case (not to mention the checkers) — just wanted to make it clear the band's not lookin' to bring that combo of orange and purple back in style.


by Jenny Tatone




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