Saturday, February 10, 2007
The Fleshtones - Hexbreaker ( I.R.S 1983 )
Second Release And One Hell Of An Explosive Garage n Roll Party Monster From The Mighty Fleshtones.
Time has always stood still for the Fleshtones. Old- fashioned in sound when they began plying their "super- rock" trade in New York's skankiest night clubs in 1976, the Queens group's determined mediums — singer Peter Zaremba, guitarist Keith Streng and drummer Bill Milhizer — have never stopped channeling the spirit of every great rock'n'roll party band that ever stepped to it, from the Coasters to the Kingsmen, the Raiders to the Kinks. Decades down the pike, they're still going strong, making great entrances and stylish exits and pouring it all out in uplifting sets of smart and sassy uptight bliss in between. Amazingly, Streng and Zaremba's aged-in-the-studio songwriting hasn't lost its colorful zest, which means that the group's recent albums are just as likely to prove wide- eyed and wonderful as their first blasts of serious fun. Somewhere along the way, self-conscious re-creation became subconscious reality for the Fleshtones, which makes them something of a perpetual motion machine.
Hexbreaker! is outstanding, an exuberant collection of memorable numbers made even better by brilliant playing and spot-on production by Richard Mazda. "Right Side of a Good Thing," with its hysterical falsetto chorus; "New Scene," a pulsing fuzz-guitar punk raveup; and the shingaling title tune all roll with soul and frolic in the sounds of the '60s without ever losing a grip on the band's own identity. An ultimate '80s garage- rock classic.
(Additional text: Trouserz Press)