City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

February 8, 2012
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Remember – if you send it, it will get reviewed. That’s the City Slang promise. It doesn’t matter what genre the music is – as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, it’ll get in. Preferably, we’d like to concentrate on new releases but, while we’re getting warmed up here, feel free to send back catalog material too. Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, City Slang, Metro Times, 733, St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to mt.cityslang@gmail.com.

Lightning Love’s Girls Who Look Like Me (Quite Scientific) EP picks up exactly where the incredible debut album left off, meaning five wonderfully written pop tunes, played magnificently by the three-piece and capped off with Leah Diehl’s simple-yet-hypnotics vocals. If there’s a difference this time around, a sign of growth, it’s in the apparent fearlessness when it comes to filling out the tracks with orchestral noises and overlaying vocals.

Sun Gods in Exile’s Thanks For the Silver is the latest release from Detroit dude Scott Hamilton’s Small Stone Records, and it is the label’s best in some time. This may be because the band aren’t strictly stoner rock, although the band’s boozy hard rock will appeal to fans of that genre. The diversity is nice. So anyway, fans of Rose Tattoo, Motorhead and early Aerosmith will love this shit.

Sex Police is the subject of a forthcoming City Slang column thanks to a place on the Blowout bill this year. The one-woman-band is actually Alexis Ford from Ypsilanti and her self-titled and self-released EP is awesome. She plays a bass guitar and kick drum, and just lets rip vocally, much like Man Inc. The result is powerful, fuzzy and awesome, and the cover of the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” is one of the best we’ve heard outside of the original.

The Bobby Electric’s It Was Hard to Meet You (self-released) debut album, is an interesting and intense little beast, recalling everything from awesome Scottish alt-rockers Biffy Clyro to Tool, thanks to some precise and heavy as hell tunes that like to change pace and key in a heartbeat. Fascinating, and really fucking exciting.

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