Damn, where has this band been all my life? Minneapolis, MN from what I understand, but it wasn't 'til last year that I caught wind of them via this used single. Looked the Rank Strangers up for the first time this week, and was pleasantly surprised to learn they have a fairly deep catalog featuring no less than eight LPs, and almost as many shorter releases. This wax is the extent I've experienced the Strangers so far, and while I hesitate to make any broad stroke generalities, the A side, "Target" is awash in proto-punk aesthetics brimming with raw, nervy production a la the Velvets and significantly more so the snider panache of Iggy and the Stooges. "Planetarium" packs almost as much attitude, and while a tad less frenetic, these gents accent the proceedings with spicy guitar fills reminiscent of ABKCO-era Stones. Simply put, the Rank Strangers don't bear a smidgen of '90s sonic trappings - an astonishing feat given their era.
If you dig, check out their webstore. Most of the CDs are a reasonable $10, with vinyl full-lengths priced not much higher.
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