Pig Baby (2017)
I don't review nearly enough 10"s on this site. It's one of my favorite wacky formats, but it's not used nearly as often as it could be. As someone that's put out records and price checked the cost of the 10" format, I completely understand why. It's just as expensive as putting out a full length, but it's tougher to justify the cost to the rest of the world for fewer songs. Regardless, I applaud those that take the leap and I'm happy that Pig Baby records decide to send over a copy of this Schizophonics EP.
I've been hearing about The Schizophonics for quite some time from some friends out in California. The consensus is that they put on one hell of a live show. If the high angle suplex the guitar player appears to have given himself on the cover of this 10" is any indication, it seems like it would be an interesting show. I'd only previously heard the band's contribution to the Swami Hardcore Matinee compilation, so it was nice to finally hear some more from them.
The band definitely has a late 60s/early seventies rock and roll vibe. We're talking the gritty MC5 type stuff. A more modern comparison that I see is The Dirtbombs. The guitars are fuzzy and the vocals have the sort of howling in a cave distortion that really works when applied just right. I'll always give extra credit to bands that throw in "wooos" and "uhhs"as exclamations during song fills.
The highlight for me is "Venus Transit." It has a super catchy escalating chord progression that only lets up briefly for the chorus or the occasional nasty guitar lick. Ooga Booga is a fun EP and a nice introduction to the band. I'm curious to see what else they have out there.
The Schizophonics - "Two Thousand Seventeen":