Friday, December 9, 2011
Something Fierce Don't Be Cruel
Straight out of the garage, and judging by the cover straight into the woods comes Something Fierce. This raw punky rock and roll trio sounds something like the Sonics in a fist fight with the Buzzcocks with the songs to match. Chunky riffs, shouted vocals, bashed drums and simplistic bass lines power the band into post garage punk bliss. If you can imagine something like the best Stiff Records band you never got the chance to hear, then you're totally on the right track.
Something Fierce take the three minute pop song and beats the heck out of it to get what they want. The end result of this tussle is the bands third album, Don't Be So Cruel. Sounding like it was recorded sometime between 1977 and 1980, the record's lack of production sheen is what makes Don't Be So Cruel such a kick butt record. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for garage rock and Something Fierce pretty much flooded that spot with their danceable, geeky, under produced tunes.
Don't Be So Cruel is an honest, unpolished, coarse rock and roll record. Something Fierce are all of those things as well as a mean, lean, rock and roll machine and that's why they're awesome. Simply put, Don't Be So Cruel is no filler all killer.