Spray Paint 

Spock Fingers

I could tell you that Spray Paint's sound is reminiscent of Devo, but that notion may only apply to my aged rock and roll ears. Devo certainly never wrote a tune about a wounded kitty cat leaking fluids as SP has done on "Pink Pus" from their Spock Fingers 7". The stilted guitar riffs, oddly tuned and uncouth, converse with one another, often speaking different languages: one gurgling syncopated rumbles of low notes, the other blowing bubbles of jangly, blaring non-mellifluous hooks, the sound of which could make a jet pilot dizzy with discord.

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Because of the lack of bass guitar, the drums act as a rhythmic and harmonic bridge. Floor toms are smacked resolutely, filling the bottom end with sonic boom. Vocals and songwriting duties are shared by each member. The vocal trade-offs and stacking of voices create superb dynamics in what would otherwise be a slurry of noisy, droning rawk. The deceptively simple tunes come off as well-crafted. No surprise, since the band is made up of current and former members of When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth and Dikes of Holland, two well-travelled groups. No doubt, these dudes are ready-made for a hot, sweaty night in a basement brimming with body odor and angst.

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