WONK UNIT- "Mr. Splashy" CD
QUEERS, THE- "Love Songs For The Retarded" CD
PENETRATORS, THE- "Legacy" CD
Syracuse, New York's garage punk legends, the Penetrators are back with another action packed, primitive rock'n' roll adventure with "Legacy". Legacy is the first new Penetrators release since 2008's "Bad Woman" LP. Though the band's output may seem slow or less than prolific if you take a glance at their discography, Jack and Spike have accumulated respectable solo outputs over the last several years, and it can't be overlooked that they don't live near each other anymore , so there's no basement to jam in anymore. But what makes "Legacy" most intriguing is that unlike "Bad Woman", which consisted mainly of covers-covers of 60s garage classics as well as covers of their own material-this LP features almost entirely new Penetrators music. And I'm happy to report that if you loved the band's "Kings of Basement Rock" or Swami Records' comprehensive "Basement Anthology 1976-84", you will certainly dig "Legacy". The songs echo vintage Penetrators , but what really makes this a classic Penetrators release is that it charmingly sounds like they recorded it back in their 70s heyday. "She's the Kinda Girl" and "Take A Stand", the first two tracks on the record , coincidentally, would sound right at home on "Kings of Basement Rock"."Those Hard Times Are Through" touches on the 60s soul influences that have always been in their back pockets , while songs like "What They Said They Would" and "Keep On Rolling (Stones)" nail on a cutting Rolling Stones- esque groove. And much like earlier material like "Teenage Lifestyle" or "Shopping Bag" , there are big , instantly memorable and singable choruses throughout. I do feel like the second half of the record loses a little steam, however, with the rehash of Lied To Me" , though I will admit it is more sinister in feel , played much slower and more deliberately than the original. And I'm not sure how necessary including a shorter version of "She's the Kinda Girl" and an extended version of "Them No Listen" (the bonus tracks) are-I'd just keep one or the other of each song , and avoid the repeats. All in all, there is plenty of classic Penetrators music on "Legacy".The guest appearances by Fred Rapp and Curtis Seals on "Them No Listen" will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, and seasoned guitarist Mark Doyle plays tastefully throughout the record. After all these years, Jack and Spike still have a knack for writing hooky , perverse, primitive jams and I kind of like knowing they're out there, keeping it real for all of us."