Creature With The Atom Brain CD review by Joseph P. Larkin
May 6, 2008, 04:01
CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN I Am the Golden Gate Bridge CD
Hailing from Antwerp (that's in Belgium!), Creature with the Atom Brain sure do like Roky Erickson—not only has the band named itself after one of Erickson's most famous songs, but the boys also give a vague shout-out to Erickson's Thirteenth Floor Elevators in the title of the second track, “The Psychedelic World of the Creature with the Atom Brain” (kinda sounds like The Psychedelic Sounds of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, huh?). The fellas also reference Rapeman and Butthole Surfersâ€¦ For once good taste prevails.
Seeing as Creature with the Atom Brain wears its influences on its sleeve, there's probably no need to tell you what this band sounds like, but I'll pretend that I'm a professional, God damn it, and tell you anyway: Creature with the Atom Brain plays inoffensive psych-rock. Actually, an asshole would describe this band's sound as “psych-alt-rock,” and even though I am not an asshole I can't refrain from letting it slipâ€¦.
Anyway, for most folks, the main draw here will be the two tracks featuring guest vocals of Mark Lanegan, former Screaming Tree and current Gutter Twin. (oh, Lanegan, why can't you keep collaborating with decent people like Creature with the Atom Brain instead of wasting your valuable time with fat Greg Dulli?! Watching you slum around with that doughy creep is more painful than listening to a battered wife defend the husband who beats herâ€¦) If you're wondering what the connection between Lanegan and this group is, wonder no longer: Creature with the Atom Brain is the side project of one Aldo Struyf, the guitarist for Millionaire who also manned the synthesizer for the Mark Lanegan Band a couple of years ago. (And in knowing that I trust you'll sleep much better nowâ€¦)
Admittedly, I Am the Golden Gate Bridge, the group's first full-length release, is the kinda record that works its mojo on you slowly, only making sense and becoming fully accessible after a few listens (for quicker results, get high on drugs before you play this disc). But once these songs have gotten their claws into you, they are damn hard to shake loose. Of course, the best songs are the two sung by Lanegan, and even though the remaining material is pretty good, they can't help but be overshadowed by the man's presence. [Jezus Factory]
-Joseph P. Larkin