Teenage Heart Records
This band is amazingly competent. Not great, but everything they do, they do well. Song titles? “Catholic Zombie,” “Escape from My Brain” and “Hell Rocket,” all cool songs. Musical skills? The band has a good 1979 Whisky-A-Go-Go sound with thrash guitar, manic drums and tight bass, all assembled with a clean, easy-to-hear mix. Title graphics? How can you not love the eyeballs shooting from a de-capped skull and brains splattering? Even the CD release poster, featuring a posse of Impressionist weasels eating a dead corpse, is one of the finest I’ve seen (Missed the party? It was last December in Boston). The only real problem is they sound like any number of other bands floating around, and I can’t hear that je ne sais quois that would put them over the top. I’ve seen more than a few groups in this situation –great live shows, fanatic following, but a CD that just isn’t that next step up.
Blood Vessels: www.bloodvessels.net