"With A Hug" CDR EP
Genres: garage rock, psych rock, indie rock
Jul 7 - 13 2003
it's lo-fi. But it's also rock. Nope, this ain't your
average bedroom pop record. This is the Red Bennies, and
they're out to annihilate you with their brand of guitar-heavy garage
Right from the vicious opener, "With A Hug", they'll have
you hooked. A funky smattering of riffs and attitude is made
into pure rawk, with a definite JSBX influence. Play
loud. "Black Knots", meanwhile, slows things down for
a sixties-influenced psychedelic blues number. Its eventual
climax at the end is one of the most explosive moments that lo-fi
recording can afford you.
The second half of the EP is just as exhilarating.
"Annihilate You" is a pure rock attack, with Doors-esque
riffs and vox that recall The Rolling Stones.
"Downtown," which finishes the CDR off, is a soulful romp
that sends you right to 1970. The keyboards are a terrific
touch, adding a lot to the singer's powerful wail.
This EP's only problem is that it isn't as melodic as it could
be. But the attitude and energy of these songs is enough to make
this much more accessible than most EPs. Recommended.
4 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2002]