This video looks like it was part of a larger work. Regardless of that, though, Useless Pieces of Shit are what they should be: loud, fast and pretty ignorant. The group, part of the second or third wave of hardcore bands cropping up around the country, come off a bit like SSD if that Boston band never embraced a more metallic sound...Good listening...
For whatever reason folks happen to think "Dirty Red" was the Morlocks' pinnacle. I disagree, but the song still ranks pretty high when contrasted with the spate of early eighties' garage retreads.
As early as 1973, the Dogs were aping a revved up rock and roll stance easily matching any of the Stateside proto punk caterwauling we’ve all grown to love. Admittedly, the Dogs don’t include too much of an adventurous attitude in its music. Toronto’s Teenage Head might be a good aural equivalent. But that’s a bit unfair even if the Frenchies’ “My Life” sounds like those Canucks while they were covering the Boys.
After a handful of singles and cassettes the band turned in its first long player, self titled that is, through Florida’s Dying. Despite the large distance between the band’s home and its label’s, the pairing’s an apt fit. For whatever reason, most of the garage groups springing from Florida don’t traffic in the most revved up derivations of the genre. There’s a lilting quality to the whole thing, Dead Ghosts included, making works seem older and perhaps more dusty.
Yeah, Dead Ghosts have an album named Dead Ghosts and a song on that album called “Dead Ghosts.” Again, though, it’s fitting. The song’s aural qualities go a long way towards summoning spirits. It’s all lopped blues shuffle, plunking toy piano and almost passable slide guitar. If you heard this stuff coming out of your neighbor’s house, you’d think it was haunted. And that’s, obviously, the point. But it works almost effortlessly. Of course, fading the song out and bursting into the country cum Nuggets “Getting Older” is nothing short of a jolt. And while the combination of various country stylings with Dead Ghosts’ sixities’ rock stance isn’t necessarily original, Francis Harold and the Holograms are pretty adept at that pose, it’s turned in with impeccable skill. Or, at least, as much skill as necessary for an effort like this.
The Subhumans, not the Canadian band, though, were only around for a few years and their legacy is predicated, really, on only a single long playing album. There were a few other release. And we’ll get to them. Just wait.