Music Reviews

A Fistful of Rock’n’Roll

Volume 9

Devil Doll

Devil Doll’s Fistful series is starting to take on the look of truly defining releases, chronicling and even shaping the second garage rock revolution as it happens. If what you’re looking for are collections of rare and unreleased tracks from often criminally neglected garage bands, previous Fistful releases are just about the best albums you’re likely to get your hands on, and this latest installment shows no sign of lagging behind. Well-known bands like New Bomb Turks, Hellacopters, Gargoyles, and Brut Boogaloo star alongside lesser known to unknown acts like the fine Peepshows, Black Strip Sonic, Drag Triplets, and Unband. All of those are great and, in fact, while there are the odd less interesting band on here, most of this is way above average and definitely worth the attention of any self-respecting garage rocker.

Among the finer moments are brilliant unreleased tracks from Sweden’s Knockouts, some fine metal garage punk from Noise of Reality and splendid French rawk from the stunningly poorly named Jerky Turkey. And that’s just the beginning of it. Get this if you’re curious about what’s been going on in garage rock lately, or if you’re looking for an underground update on one of the most dedicated current music scenes out there.

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