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I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House

Put Here To Bleed

In Music We Trust

Mike D.’s I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House may have the best band name in modern rock, but that wouldn’t mean much if they didn’t have the music to back it up. But they do. This is ferocious alt-blues standing proud and tall, coming across like a more elaborate, less hipster-oriented White Stripes playing AC/DC songs. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House serve their hard rocking cowpunk with passion and wits, all the while fiercely avoiding stupid masculine posturing.

The fact that celeb gunslinger Charlton Heston is referred to as a ‘‘cold-blooded, old-blooded, sick ass man” and a “rifle totin’ whore” is more than enough to endear the band to me. But more important is the music. “Twerp” offers some of the best cowpunk this side of the Hangmen (whose long overdue sophomore studio album is due early next year), “Hayward, CA ‘76” ends with a shimmering, aggressively sludgy jam and “American Fuck Machine” totes some amazing hard rock riffage.

Both snob-hipster rockers and trailer park misogynists are given one solid middle finger by a band delightfully avoiding musical and ethical compromise. Put Here To Bleed could prove to be one of this year’s finest albums, and I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House to be one of the most self-respecting, entertaining and smartest bands out there today, seemingly unable to do anything wrong.

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