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info opinion

Guitar Wolf

"Loverock" CD

Narnack Records

Genres: garage rock, punk rock

Narnack Records
381 Broadway
4th Floor
New York, NY

Mar 28 - Apr 3 2005

I've played Loverock for a number of people, and opinions have certainly been mixed.  A number of folks absolutely loved it, and have since named Guitar Wolf one of their favourite bands.  Others have just laughed at the music's absurdly brash formula, complaining about the poor recording quality and over-the-top musical style.

I'm somewhere in between - Loverock is a great record to have around, because there are many times when you'll be in the perfect mood to crack it open and give it a whirl - but it isn't the most versatile album.  Over seventeen tracks, Guitar Wolf can get a bit tiresome - the relentless energy can be a bit much at times, and there isn't a lot that distinguishes the songs from each other structurally.  The band has a furious, garage-rock-gone-insane style that never really lets up, sort of like the Sonics meeting the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in a Tokyo karaoke bar.  When you are in the right gear to put Loverock in the stereo, there's nothing else quite like it.  Crank up the rock, and you'll be jumping around like mad.  Highlights like "Universe Youth" and "Black Hawk" are absolutely essential to any house party, and you'd never be forgiven for missing these guys live.

So Loverock is a moodpiece - an awesome record, for sure, but one that requires a level of energy to match the noise.  I can't imagine myself listening to this while sitting around on a solitary evening at home, but I still would never willingly give the disc up - heck, it's the hardest rocking record of 2004.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 17 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]