City Slang: Weekly music review roundup
Remember â€“ if you send it, it will get reviewed. Thatâ€™s the City Slang promise. It doesnâ€™t matter what genre the music is â€“ as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, itâ€™ll get in. Preferably, weâ€™d like to concentrate on new releases but, while weâ€™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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six and the Sevens features former Spitting Nickels bassist John Bissa and a bunch of young musos that he appears to have taken under his wing. Songs About Girls is the bandâ€™s first full length album, and itâ€™s pretty damn sweet. Itâ€™s like a sweet Brit Invasion-y band decided to play the Doors / Zappa jam band game. The lyrics, as the album title suggests, are basically about relationships, often failed relationships, but itâ€™s those moments when the guys lose themselves in their music that they really shine.
We love the Hatchetmen. These hairy-ass bastards from the Romeo / Port Huron area combine bar band blues with ZZ Top boogie and a hint of stoner rock, and the Judge & Jury album is one of the most dance-worthy hard rock albums heard this year. Hard, sweaty and ugly fun.