Indian Bingo's Scatological is better than good. Released on Independent Project Records (former home to Savage Republic and For Against) the album had a more than appropriate roost. Dark but not doomy, and deep without noir pretensions, Indian Bingo delivered tuneful, echoing guitar leads and a crackling rhythm section, all smoothly threaded with a modest, post-punk subtext. Scatological's air of sweet, minor-key melancholia suggests admiration for several of their sub-rosa contemporaries, namely Springhouse, Fire in the Kitchen, and Nice Strong Arm/Timco. Some occasional artsy tangents keep the proceedings all the more interesting. It's a swank collection that spans from scalding fireballs ("The Ulcer Prophecy") to billowy ballads ("Goon Lagoon") and plenty in between. A huge thumbs up.
Six-stringer Phil Carney eventually migrated to the Red House Painters posse. A less enticing follow-up LP, Overwrought materialized in 1993. A nice piece on Indian Bingo can be read at the Record Robot.
02. Separation Days
03. The Ulcer Prophecy
06. Pathetic Thing
07. Goon Lagoon
09. Casim Glue Co.
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