Black Bananas - Electric Brick Wall
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This record, Electric Brick Wall, is less about the hair metal and more about the sex. It’s still scuzzy and rotten and filthy and packed with riffs – how could it not be? – but the riffs are slightly toned down, and in their place you’ll find something that RTXIV didn’t have a lot of and didn’t need any more of: Groove. Rad opener “Powder” has groove, distortion and sex appeal by the ton – and the space-age outro is cool too. On an album full of tracks with incredible names, the winner of ‘coolest track title’ might be “Dope on an Island”. The track itself is basically a squalling hot mess of JJ’s voice (buried in white-noise distortion) and a tasty guitar lick or two (buried in that same fug) chugging away in perfect disharmony. “Hey Rockin” amps up the intensity – it splits the difference between industrial rock (think NIN) and dinosaur pomp ‘n’ rock (think Led Zeppelin) with stunning aplomb. The off-kilter, wailing guitar solo adds to the disorienting sense of oddness that pervades the track – this is what Black Bananas do best.