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.
El Buzzard - El Buzzard - Year: 2004 Label: self released I've posted another record by this band earlier on this blog, and I had this one cued up and ready to go a long time ago...
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