Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Visigoths - I.B.B.Y. ep (1985, Rexco)

I wasn't able to uncover much relevant info on The Visigoths, so forgive me if this write-up seems a tad brief.  A trio with apparent roots in Massachusetts, this less-than-gothic combo had a penchant for ballsy, searing garage rock on I.B.B.Y's roiling opener "If It Wasn't For Me."  The following piece "Raga Rock" is cut from moderately dissimilar cloth, and possesses a juicier vocal hook that really did the trick for me.  "Third Speaker From the Left" plays out like Twin/Tone-era Soul Asylum, not to mention former labelmates Agitpop, while "Syphillitic Urge" evidently didn't require any lyrics, though I enjoyed the keyboards.  This disc was a radio station copy, which I was successful in Photoshopping the call letters from on the front sleeve, the back not so much (however I found the caricatures amusing).

01. If It Wasn't For Me
02. Raga Rock
03. Third Speaker From the Left
04. Syphillitic Urge

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Can you tell the difference between a quarter and twenty-five cents?

Sometimes a collection of b-sides, comp tracks and odds 'n ends can be just as useful introduction to a band as one of their proper albums, or even a best-of.  For better or worse (probably for better) this band didn't have hits, but I digress.  Anyway, this collection spans 1989-95.  Enjoy.

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