PUBLIC TOILETS - 7'' (Repo Recordings)
Six songs on this Swedish band's first 7'', all originals. The opening number Wish I Was Stupid is probably the best one on this, though the songs are pretty simular.
The music is somewhere between your usual Scandinavian Action Rock and 60's punk rock, thankfully metal-free and up-tempo. There's more than a few good if standard punk guitar riffs on this and it's never really awful. It would have been better without some of the run-of-the-mill solos, and the vocals could have been a bit more aggressive.
Lyrically this isn't your absolute standard stuff about booze, girls and rock'n'roll, but there's not much to get me interested either. ''Went to the market to buy some candy / but when I got home I had a bottle of brandy / I'm a wrongdoer''. Ho-hum. I have no idea what Street Satan Motorcycle Gang is about, but I asume that Bon Scott is about Bon Scott.
Released on heavy vinyl and the ''Public Toilets is killing music'' joke on the cover was sort of funny, but it's not that special. We've heard this stuff before, done both better and worse, and I just wish all those new bands could say something a bit more interesting.
The general speed and energy along with a good low-fi production makes it above average. Played in the background at a drunken party no-one I know would complain.
CHERRYBOMBS - Demo CDR (self released)
From Roskilde, Denmark. A 3-piece band doing three songs, two originals and a cover version of an old WASPS number. Actually the CDR contained another three songs too, but the band asked me not to review them. Why I have no idea.
The info sheet lists the SEX PISTOLS, GG ALLIN, early BLACK FLAG, U.K. SUBS and SHAM 69 as inspiration. Listening to CHERRYBOMBS doesn't remind me of any of them. This is pretty standard if a bit monotone Scandinavian Action Rock, certainly without any of the previously mentioned bands' lyrical content.
Girl From Nowhere is the better of the two originals, but to be honest both are kinda quickly forgotten. Violent Man is all about beating someone up, which sounds like a joke when you look at the picture of the band - they're pencil neck geeks in glasses and bad goatees. And as I've said in the Review Policy bit; any band with goatees will automatically be slagged.
The WASPS song - Can't Wait 'Til '78 - is pretty faithful to the original version and easily the best one on this demo. Odd choise for a cover but then this band probably don't care about what they're singing about at all.
A rather dull affair really, with one redeeming quality - it's short.
The band will have a 10'' out soon, which I doubt I'll ever hear.