Shakedown – The Dynamite Pussy Club (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

11665696_10153379241410138_8037832526746215073_nAs well as having one of the coolest band names on the block, The Dynamite Pussy Club has been ploughing a wonderful sonic furrow across the West Country and beyond in recent years. They operate at a point where art-punk, garage rock and incendiary blues collide, where New York no-wave meets retro-rock and roll, where caricature meets possible future musical fashion.

In the same way that Jim Jones reinvented himself as an apocalyptic blues preacher, Messrs’ Mambo, Suave and Boogie apply the same makeover to the early days of rock and roll, turning Elvis into Max Headroom and Gene Vincent into Iggy Pop along the way. Add a touch of psychedelic vibes courtesy of a Theremin, tribal beats and primal howls and you have the route rock and roll could have taken if the right drugs had been available back then, if everything had been heightened, taken to extremes, not taken too seriously and if the newly identifier teenager could have handled it.

It’s the sound of the Jon Spenser Blues Explosion actually imploding, the sound of punk being invented in a Chicago blues club in 1957, a gang fight set to 12 bar rhythms or rock and roll ceasing to evolve beyond Little Richard and instead just getting louder and louder until space and time are bent around it and the nothing can escape it’s influence. It’s not clever but it’s fucking big!

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About Dave Franklin

Musician, scribbler, historian, gnostic, seeker of enlightenment, asker of the wrong questions, delver into the lost archives, fugitive from the law of averages, blogger, quantum spanner, left footed traveller, music journalist, zenarchist, freelance writer, reviewer and gemini. People have woken up to worse.
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