WEIRD PARTY Hussy LP

Whereas they used to strive more for speed—by “used to,” I refer to the release that came just two months prior to Hussy—Weird Party have become that sleazy rock band that should seem likely candidates for lazy comparisons to MC5 and the Stooges, despite that what they've really taken on is more of a Murder City Devils-style arrangement of influence in blues and early garage.

Vocalist Shawn Adolph's turn with lo-fi Houston punk band the Fatal Flying Guilloteens seemed to serve as a starting point for Weird Party, and on tracks like “Cockroach Heart,” where his scream's become a bit of a nag, the clearer production of this release doesn't quite do him any favors. In terms of style, Hussy, whose album cover is the literal tits, offers a selection of songs that are somewhat by-the-book at this point, tried and true, gritty blues rock that'll win over a cult following from bar to bar. However, that's not to say that there aren't any winning elements here; “Big Brass Casket” boasts a strong, smoky, rockabilly identity, and the title track to follow is slinky, Kyle Gionis' guitar providing an accent of authority.

As Hussy progresses, particularly with “Bath House,” the band regresses back into that quick punk style that they'd offered on previous release The Secret Lives of Men, but quickly slow back into their original aspiration for grit and somewhat lose momentum. Hussy lacks originality but is, on the whole, a decent imitation of so many dirty rock records to come before, and it will be interesting to see which of their previous records Weird Party uses as a steppingstone for a follow-up. [Sex & Death]

-China Bialos

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