Saturday, July 25, 2015

Revolution Rock (Revisited) Pow Wows Broken Curses & Show # 570

Episode number 570 of Revolution Rock was a repeat of an episode that aired on CJAM FM back in March 2015. I interviewed Ryan of the Toronto garage-based band Pow Wows about their newest album Broken Curses. You can hear the interview and read an excerpt from my review of the album below. To check out the full review, check out this link.

Pow Wows highly anticipated second full-length Broken Curses was released in February 2015 on Get Hip Recordings. This album follows the 2011 release Nightmare Soda, where Pow Wows first displayed their garage punk psych and R&B twang in a greased lightning fashion, and a series of recent singles in 2012/2013. Recorded and mixed by Steve Major in Toronto at Verge Music Lab and mastered by Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit, this ten-track release contains the same intensity that was first displayed back in 2011. The press release for this album states that the songs are “tales of dystopia with a back beat. Party rock for end times” and that couldn’t be more accurate.

Listen to the interview I did with Pow Wows bassist/vocalist Ryan Rothwell here:

The Play List:

1. The Honeycombs - Can’t Get Through To You
2. The Angels - Get Away From Me
3. Demolition Doll Rods - Lil Darlin
4. Pearls Mahone - Blow Your Top
5. The Delmonas - I Did Him Wrong
6. The Z-Rays - Number Nine
7. The Cramps - Domino
8. Pow Wows - Fire Song
9. Pow Wows - Car Cemetery

Pow Wows Ryan Rothwell Interview

10. Pow Wows - Rebel Stomp
11. BA Johnston - You Can Love Someone And Hate The Things They Love
12. Dum Dum Girls - Yours Alone
13. X Ray Spex - Obsessed With You
14. Diamond Rugs - Voodoo Doll
15. Brat Kings - Good Drugs (Pinball Session)
16. Paul Jacobs - Pop Can Ashtray
17. The Curse - No More Ice Cream (Live)
18. The Dishrags - Can’t Wait
19. Colleen Green - I Want To Grow Up
20. Sleater-Kinney - A New Wave
21. A Place To Bury Strangers - Straight
22. Ricked Wicky - Guts
23. Alex Chilton - Just To See You
24. JD McMpherson - It Shook Me Up
25. Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse (Live In San Francisco)
26. Ty Segall Band - Skin (Live In San Francisco)
27. Ty Segall Band - Standing At The Station (Live In San Francisco)
28. The Replacements - Seen Your Video

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for July 25. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sticky Fingers & Show # 569

1971’s Sticky Fingers represented a lot of things for both The Rolling Stones and the culture in which they were interwoven at the time. Although the album was recorded through a series of sessions that began in March of 1970, Sticky Fingers captures the band in their raunchy, sleazy, ragged glory in a way that some feel hasn’t been replicated in such capacity since. The album’s opening cut, the now classic “Brown Sugar” attacks with a primal groove and an intro emphasizing Keith Richards riff-style, but also at the same time displays a loss of innocence. This can be said in part with the songs lyrical content, but also in The Rolling Stones universe in 1970/1971. This album marked the first release in which The Stones were no longer associated with their manager and Decca records and it was also the first album in which Mick Taylor was a full force as a member of The Rolling Stones. Previously Taylor appeared on 1969’s Let It Bleed, but only the tracks "Country Honk" and "Live With Me". Also at the same time, the culture was breaking out of the 60’s mindset and Sticky Fingers addresses things in certain ways, while at the same time seeming to pay homage to the band’s earlier roots and influences that were dominate on their early recordings.

“Sway” comes in as the second of ten tracks on Sticky Fingers. This song swoons with a feeling as Jagger sings of abandonment emphasizing a sense of debauchery, but one that oozes with sentiment. The lyrics “Its just that demon that life has got me in its sway” all add to the soundscape created on this track. Although this song contains the elements that people identify with as The Rolling Stones sound, Keith Richards does not actually play guitar on this track, Mick Jagger provides the rhythm guitar as Mick Taylor plays lead. Keith does however add backing vocals, along with a few other guests. “Wild Horses” is a country ballad with folk elements. The song features 12-string guitar combined with Nashville tuning and once again tapped into the Jagger/Richards songwriting formula as well as a feeling that Richards stated in 1993 as “not wanting to be on the road, being a million miles from where you want to be”. “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” slides in with crunchy guitar as Charlie Watts provides a rhythmic swing on the drums in conjunction with Bill Wyman on bass. Lyrics, compared to the music featured here, seem secondary, but they do however take the listener into a seemingly seedy underworld. Musically the song features a long instrumental outro, which delves into elements of jazz, funk and blues with Latin sounding rhythms. This was apparently not planned, the band kept playing after approximately the 2:30 mark. The result was one of the longest songs in the band’s catalog and one that featured equal parts raunchiness and experimentation.

With “You Gotta Move” The Stones take on a traditional song done by Fred McDowell that features bass drum, filthy acoustic guitars and sizzling guitar lines from Mick Taylor that swelter along with the lyrics sung by Jagger and Richards that convey a sense of desolation. “Bitch” is another up-tempo number similar to “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” or Brown Sugar”. This song makes excellent use of swanky horn sections, while at the same time draws a similarity to a song by The Temptations and conveys a message of love in general being a “bitch”. “I Got The Blues” makes use of horn sections once again, but this time The Stones display their soul influences up front, an Otis Redding influence also appears to surround this track, while “Sister Morphine” addresses the gritty realities of drug addition. Originally recorded for 1969’s Let It Bleed, this song was saved for this album’s inclusion and features slide guitar from Ry Cooder”.

“Dead Flowers” brings The Stones foray into country back into the spotlight at track nine on this album. The band’s country influence began due to the friendship struck up by Keith Richards and country-rock musician Gram Parsons and can be heard on song such as “Dead Flowers”, “Far Away Eyes” and “Sweet Virginia” for example. On “Dead Flowers”, The Rolling Stones provide cool and breezy country sounds contrasted with lyrics that tell the story of broken hearts, upper class socialites and drug addiction. The song’s title takes on several meanings as the chorus hits portraying both a reflection of a broken relationship and heroin addiction, but also features many elements that can take on universal meaning. “Moonlight Mile” ends Sticky Fingers. The song is a ballad that is illuminated with lyrics and music that portray the paradoxes and loneliness of being on the road. The song features a string arrangement by Paul Buckmaster, perhaps best known for working with Elton John and piano by Jim Price, not Ian Stewart. His absence from this track is said to be due to his dislike of songs with minor chords. As Sticky Fingers fades out, the album exudes a feeling that is difficult to pinpoint. The balance between the bands sleazy swagger and atmosphere created on Sticky Fingers sweats with anticipation. The Rolling Stones would take their sound further into the 70s next with the eighteen-song album Exile On Main St., but with Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones drift away from the decade that was the 60s and onward to their own exile.

Saturday Night Play List:

1. The Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knocking (Alternate Version)
2. The Rolling Stones - Sway
3. The Routes - At The Bottom
4. The Black Angels - Twisted Light
5. Breakker - Faze Game
6. Super Visas - What I Can
7. Pere Ubu - Humor Me (Live)
8. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - I Been Sleeping On It
9. The Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There (Live At The Star-Club, Hamburg, Germany 1962)
10. Thirsty Souls - Don’t Know What I Don’t Know (Yeah!)
11. Buddy Selfish - It’s Only Make Believe
12. Bloodshot Bill - Don’t Bug Me Baby
13. Bloodshot Bill - Come Back To Me
14. The Rolling Stones - You Gotta Move
15. The Rolling Stones - Dead Flowers (Alternate Version)
16. Wilco - Random Name Generator
17. Shotgun Jimmie - Summer Sound
18. Mick Futures - Tentative Issue
19. Grounders - Bloor Street And Pressure
20. Meat Puppets - Leaves
21. Martha Wainwright - When The Day Is Short
22. The Mighty Swells - Runaway
23. New York Dolls - Don’t Mess With Cupid (Demo)
24. Television - Friction
25. Cowboy Junkies - Dead Flowers (Live)
26. Shotgun Jummie - Impossible Popcycle
27. The Rolling Stones - Moonlight Mile

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for July 18. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Station To Station, Cold Hot Plumbs & Show # 568

David Bowie - Station To Station

Originally released in 1976, David Bowie’s Station To Station is a transitional album for many reasons. The album was released during what is often called David Bowie’s Thin White Duke Period (he is even referenced in this album’s title track). This was yet another persona created ala Ziggy Stardust that was developed while Bowie played with The Spiders From Mars. In contrast to his more glamorous styles as Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke dressed more like a fugitive and had darker elements to his persona that were reflected in the music. The album is also an extension from Bowie’s plastic soul musical style that he emphasized on 1975’s Young Americans. In addition to the soul and rock influences present here, Bowie ventures into avant-garde territory experimenting with synthesizers and a variety of styles such as funk and krautrock on Station To Station. The album’s title track is perhaps one of the best influences of this. The ten-minute track is an epic piece that serves as an introduction to the Thin White Duke character and the album as it addresses many different things lyrically and musically in a different fashion.

Damaged Bug - Cold Hot Plumbs

The latest release by Damaged Bug, the synth-rock driven project by Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer was released in June 2015. Cold Hot Plumbs seems to venture into a cloudy territory, as does the Thunderbirds-looking pilot in the video for the album’s first single/video “Jet In Jungle”. His glassy eyes float between trees in dark territory much like the synthesizers and lyrical content found on Cold Hot Plumbs. As Dwyer ups the synthesizers swapping in favour of guitar at times, Cold Hot Plumbs is effective in its mission and takes flight expanding upon the sounds of 2014’s Hubba Bubba traveling and exploring in the world of primal synth pop.

Saturday Night Play List:

1. David Bowie - Station To Station
2. Yukon Blonde - Confused
3. Catholic Girls - Berlin
4. Braineaters - Rock Rock
5. The Secrets - New Blood
6. Maggie’s Marshmallows - Come Along
7. The Gruesomes - Time’s Gonna Come
8. The Sonics - Shot Down
9. Nap Eyes - Make Something
10. Monomyth - Vision
11. Aron D’Alesio - A Long Time
12. Neil Jarvis - Help
13. Genki Genki Panic - HPV Lovecraft
14. Deja Voodoo - 16 Tons
15. Benny The Jet Rodriguez - Alley Cat
16. The Victims - Open Your Eyes
17. Dik Van Dykes - Adult Gumby
18. The Strokes - What Ever Happened?
19. The Replacements - Love Lines
20. Nervebreakers - My Girlfriend Is A Rock
21. Death - Politicians In My Eyes
22. Ramones - Glad To See You Go
23. Devo - Patterns
24. Damaged Bug - Frog
25. The Stranglers - Toiler On The Sea
26. Tough Age - I Get The Feeling Central
27. The Teardrops - Seeing Double
28. Generation X - Wild Dub

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for July 11. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Mick Futures Banned From The Future & Show # 567

Banned From The Future is the debut full-length album by Sudbury’s Mick Futures, a pseudonym for Strange Attractor drummer and Statues bassist/vocalist Mitch Houle. At fifteen tracks, there is a lot of content, although most of the songs found on Banned From The Future are relatively short, some barely over one and a half minutes. The music pulls from the ubiquitous synth-driven sounds of the 80s, but specifically the sounds of artists such as early Brian Eno, Gary Numan, Devo and Kraftwerk. Futures also dons other subtler influences such as The Wipers, Buzzcocks and Wire.

The album opens with “My Machine Gun”. A song in which Mick Futures projects a Mark Mothersbaugh howl amongst fuzzy, static sounding guitar riffs. The chorus attacks with what sounds like either watery guitar effects or keyboards while throughout the song Futures sings with a verbal arsenal making a social commentary on the unease of the modern world and personal safety. The song also ties in with references of the frights of a past cold war hysteria. “Tentative Issue” floats with a Gary Numan influence. Paranoid expansive guitar lines glide with cold sounding drums and spaceship sounding synthesizers. It echoes the sounds of 80s, while at the same time offering something new to say, ending with the words “You can’t be everything to everyone”. These tracks are then followed by two shorter tracks. “A Few Pieces” melds together the different puzzle pieces of Devo, Kraftwerk and The Wipers constructing and infectious groove with handclaps and guitar lines, while “What Do You Say Now?” appears to be a comment on the creative process.

“Living On Dark Street” features acoustic guitar in the mix of a song that seems to bring forth a sci-fi element (one that is present throughout this album), but this song seems to be all about different personal perceptions. “In Case We Learn” chugs along with fuzzy guitar and a message that seems to portray a burning determination for success. “Whatever You Want” is part Canadian punk, part UK punk and part new wave. Futures sings in a voice similar to Diodes singer Paul Robinson, while the guitars echo with a the semblance of Buzzcocks guitarist Steve Diggle and the siren call guitar lines of Mick Jones on The Clash’s rendition of “Police On My Back”. This song is all about a call for action. It is not one with anything specific in mind, but just one that promotes going out and getting what you want. This also song struts with an underlying optimism.

Other confident moments on the album include, “Mini Mag” which seems to portray a feeling of the viewpoints in the mainstream media amongst icy Gang Of Four meets Canadian art rock band The Government song dynamics. “Cold Emotions” blurs the lines with its darker sci-fi dystopian imagery as “Two Hands” cascades with cleaner guitars and synthesizers. “Walk The Prism” sounds as if it were lifted from an old sci-fi soundtrack. The song also bears a resemblance to the instrumental songs found on Music Madness From The Kinetic Kid by Klark Kent. While Music Madness From The Kinetic Kid was the brainchild of Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Mick Futures takes his madness to different levels singing of “wishing his mind away” and “stitching the bonds of time to focus on something better” in his own illuminating patterns. The songs that make up Banned From The Future can at times have a bleak view, but there is also a silver lining of hopeful optimism. Banned From The Future takes the cold icy dystopian views of the past and applies it to the present.

Saturday Night Playlist:

1. Robert Gordon - Rock Billy Boogie
2. Cheater Slicks - Crying
3. Deerhunter - Memory Boy
4. Women - Shaking Hand
5. Slim Twig - Still The Same
6. Flamin’ Groovies - Shake Some Action
7. Luau Or Die - On The Fly
8. Pow Wows - Shock Corridor
9. Metric On The Sky
10. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - We Call Upon The Author
11. Paul Jacobs - Under Water
12. Guided By Voices - Echos Myron
13. Liz Phair - Girls! Girls! Girls!
14. Thee Oh Sees - Palace Doctor
15. Crosss - Mind
16. Jawbox - Jackpot Plus
17. Iceage - Simony
18. Test Tone Channel - Clown In The Dark
19. White Fence - Arrow Man
20. The Weirdies - Bad Connection
21. The Boys - I Don’t Care
22. The Wipers - Window Shop For Love
23. X-Ray Spex - I Can’t Do Anything
24. REM - (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
25. The Vee Eights - Trick Fueler
26. The Frenetics - Shortest String
27. Mick Futures - In Case We Learn
28. Mick Futures - Mini Mag

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for July 4. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thee Rum Coves Interview & Show # 566

Describing themselves as “Rock n soul played by punks”, New Zealand’s Thee Rum Coves bring a bounty of guitar riffs made up of part 60s garage rock, soul and 70s punk on their newest self-titled release. The current line-up is made up of Jake Harding on vocals/guitar, Jono Goss (drums), Tomas Marin (guitar), Jimmy Christmas (bass), and Kendall Elise (keys/vocals). Ryan Alderton also plays bass on several of the songs on the band’s full-length. Having roots in the UK and New Zealand, Jake Harding has a long musical history. He has played in several bands such as The Milk Monitors, The Revs and is a founding member of The D4, a New Zealand garage rock group from 2000’s in which he played bass. Jimmy Christmas, who plays bass in Thee Rum Coves was also a founding member and guitarist/vocalist in The D4. Thee Rum Coves opens with “A Simple Little Lie”, a song made up of part 60s garage riffs ala The Yardbirds and part Buzzcocks guitar riffs. Lyrically the song blurs the line between reality and fiction of a rendezvous with words that bounce back and forth between the barrage of drums, guitar and bass. “Baby Please” showcases Harding and Elise’s vocal interplay amongst R&B rave up garage sounds. “Dirty Thief,” foretells “a tale of broken hearts, unrequited hearts and revenge” (as described on the Thee Rum Coves bandcamp page) while echoing the influences of The Sonics, attacking with grittiness similar to “A Simple Little Lie”.

“Time & Time Again” and “Two Strong Arms” convey messages of change, while they revolve with a garage punk sound, leaning heavier on the 60’s side. “Cosmo” stretches out during its almost four-minute length, displaying elements of both a psychedelic nature, watery splashes of surf, R&B bass grooves and a sprawling guitar solos. The song also emphasizes the live nature of the band captured throughout this album, feeling like a mid-set number before “She Waits For Me”. Musically, the song features ethereal guitar, drums and basslines, while vocally this song once again brings forth the dual vocal interplay between Harding and Elise. The lyrics portray darker elements in contrast to vocal harmonies on this album’s seventh track.

The album then picks up again in a voluminous fashion up to the album’s closing track “Nasty Evil Sickness”. This song reverberates with the loose riffs of The Stooges and psychedelic sounds of Love’s “7 and 7 Is”. Whereas Arthur Lee once sung of the growing up and desire for change “sitting in a bottle and pretending that he was in a can”, Harding sings of a different kind of entrapment, a possessive state of mind that may not change. As a bonus track, Thee Rum Coves ends with “GCSB” a song with jagged guitar riffs, smooth bass and splintering lyrics that offer a catch-22 message of be careful what you say. A rum cove is defined as a clever rogue in the 1811 Dictionary of The Vulgar Tongue. For their debut full-length release, Thee Rum Coves wrangle up an album’s worth of songs from their alcove of retro inspired sounds. The songs on Thee Rum Coves will sneak up on you and hit you over the head with their mischievous spirit.

Check out the interview that I did with Jake Harding of Thee Rum Coves:

For more Rum Cove sounds visit Thee Rum Coves bandcamp page.

Saturday Night Playlist:

1. La De Das - How Is The Air Up There?
2. The Small Faces - Whatcha Gonna Do About It (French EP Version)
3. The Clean - Sad Eyed Lady
4. Nap Eyes - The First Night Of The Show
5. Black Mountain - Druganaut
6. Tough Age - The Gutter Lemon
7. The Milk Monitors - Don’t Lean On Me
8. The Revs - Julie Got A Raise
9. The D4 - What U Want
10.Thee Rum Coves - Simple Little Lie


11. Thee Rum Coves - Dirty Thief
12. The MC5 - The Human Being Lawnmower
13. The Gories - Detroit Breakdown
14. Dead Ghosts - That Old Feeling
15. The Northwest Company - Hard To Cry
16. The Kinks - Party Line
17. The Who - Disguises
18. Aron D’Alesio - Diamond Ring
19. The Mighty Swells - Ginchy
20. The Angels - Buckshot
21. The Pointed Sticks - It’s O.K.
22. Devo - Strange Pursuit
23. Damaged Bug - The Mirror
24. The Scavengers - Mysterex (Version 2)
25. The Stooges - Money (That’s What I Want) (Olympic Studio Tapes 1972)
26. Teenanger - Think About It

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for June 27. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Chris Crossroads, Holly Ruth & Show # 565

Armed with a banjo Chris Crossroads entered CJAM FM on Saturday June 20th. He last visited in November of 2014, which was during the station’s pledge drive. Formerly a resident of Windsor, Ontario, Crossroads originates from Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently resides in Winnipeg. Fresh from an impromptu show with Holly Ruth and The Bindle Band (also from Winnipeg) in Windsor the previous night and an appearance in London, Ontario prior to that, Crossroads appeared in good spirits with Holly Ruth, who also brought her acoustic guitar. Holly played two tracks on acoustic, with Crossroads on banjo accompaniment. She played a rootsy original titled “Little One" and an acoustic rendition of the Jazz standard “Autumn Leaves”. In between a mixed selection of country, garage and surf songs, Crossroads also provided two originals and a greased up version of Johnny Cash’s “One Piece At A Time”. Chris Crossroads will appear at Phog Lounge on Friday June 26th, in a live performance said to have a toxic waste theme. Holly Ruth will appear at Phog Lounge on Tuesday June 30th. To hear the live tracks they performed on the show you can download the program below (link is underneath the playlist).

Saturday Night Playlist:

1. The Missing Links - Wild About You
2. Wild Racoon - Next Summer
3. Light Bulb Alley - Wanna Be Loved
4. Pony - Don’t Go
5. Crystal Eyes - The Future
6. Will Currie & The County French - Beuchemin
7. Holly Ruth - Little One (CJAM Session)
8. Holly Ruth - Autumn Leaves (CJAM Session)
9. Warren Zevon - Porcelain Monkey
10. The Carter Family - John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man
11. Chris Crossroads - Lost In The 13th Dimension (CJAM Session)
12. Chris Crossroads - All In The Family (CJAM Session)
13. Daniel Romano - Hard On You
14. Carl Barat & The Jackals - Summer In The Trenches
15. The Avengers VI - Heartbeat
16. Kathy Lynn & The Playboys - Rock City
17. Chris Crossroads - One Piece At A Time (CJAM Session)
18. Gun Club - Carry Home
19. Talking Heads - Love Goes To A Building On Fire (1975 CBS Studio Demo)
20. Thee Rum Coves - She Waits For Me
21. UJ3RKS - The Locator
22. No Fun - Snog
23. Mick Futures - A Few Pieces
24. The Radiators - Not Too Late
25. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Long Shadow
26. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard - Missing Ol' Johnny Cash
27. Subway Sect - Double Negative
28. The Only Ones - The Beast
29. The Stems - Running Around
30. The Black Lips - The Lie

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for June 20. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Thee Oh Sees Mutilator Defeated At Last & Show # 564

In May 2015, Thee Oh Sees emerged with Mutilator Defeated At Last. Adding another release to their ever-expanding discography, this album differs in many ways from 2014’s album Drop. While many reviewers and critics now claim Drop as a misstep in the band’s discography, Mutilator Defeated At Last incorporates several of the elements that were explored on Drop, while at the same time revealing something familiar, yet new sounding. As one of the main vehicles for front man John Dwyer’s rock n’ roll madness, this album features a new band line-up. Tim Hellman joined on bass and Nick Murray on drums in 2014 to support Dwyer for Thee Oh Sees tour behind Drop, they also appear here. In addition to this three piece, Brigid Dawson returns for this album complimenting Dwyer’s vocals with her backing/vocal harmonies as well as Chris Woodhouse, who adds synthesizer, mellotron and percussion. He also continues his working relationship with John Dwyer by recording and mixing this album.

“Web” opens Mutilator Defeated At Last with slow, thunderous bass grooves and guitars that echo with effects and riffs. The song picks up with twisted guitar lines as the bass and drums lock into the groove while John Dwyer sings in hushed whispered tones. As the song comes to a close, guitar riffs sprawl out in combination with synthesizer, introducing listeners to a blend of their heavier and subtle side. “Withered Hand” creeps in with lethargic bass, atmospheric wind sounds and pulsating synthesizer sounds before launching into a fuzzy, scuzz driven onslaught. Lyrics convey a struggle with words such as “Rolling slowly/Face down in the mud/Rolling slowly/With an outstretched withered hand”, that help to add to the band’s medieval imagery that crosses with what seems like elements from a long lost science fiction movie on this album. “Poor Queen” is a more mid-tempo track which tells the tale of a teenage queen who claims to be sick, but one that seems to be looking for acceptance, While “Turned Out Light” brings in lumberous guitar riffs that collide with 60s garage nugget-styled sounds. Brigid Dawson takes lead vocals on this track singing of what seems to be a yearning to break out from monotony and boredom.

“Lupine Ossuary” attacks with the frenetic groove of 2011’s Carrion Crawler/The Dream as ramshackle guitars rumble in-between bass, drums and guitar leads that branch out into territories once explored by Jimmy Page and Jimmie Hendrix. With added Oh Sees intensity, this song also compliments the psychedelic freak out “Lupine Dominus” from 2012’s Putrifiers II. “Sticky Hulks” ventures into places unknown with gravitating basslines, floating synthesizers and shattering guitar shards in this album’s longest track. Along with this track, “Holy Smoke” helps to switch up Mutilator Defeated At Last’s pacing. This track is an acoustic instrumental track, with swelling synthesizers, recalling elements of Dwyer’s early solo acoustic beginnings. In contrast to Thee Oh Sees heavier, thrashier sound exhibited on Mutilator Defeated At Last, “Holy Smoke”, along with “Sticky Hulks” add depth to the album, beyond the grooves of the music.

“Rogue Planet” explores Thee Oh Sees ramped up garage/punk dynamics, recalling elements from Floating Coffin in 2013, while “Planet Doctor” burns with a slow intensity, simmering with psychedelic and prog influences in addition to infectious harmonies by John Dwyer and Brigid Dawson. The lyrics produce a story of a mysterious person or creature that knocks on the door of the doctor that lives at a great palace. Throughout Mutilator Defeated At Last’s nine tracks, Thee Oh Sees dig into a groove so deep that it will burn holes in your speakers. John Dwyer arrives energized with his new incarnation of Thee Oh Sees, who despite having mostly new members still sound like Thee Oh Sees. There is an undeniable sound to Thee Oh Sees, perhaps it is similar to the mysteriously creepy feeling expressed by the sneaky creature knocking on the palace door in the album’s closing track. With Mutilator Defeated At Last, John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees knock on another door, yielding different results that at times draws a similar effect to the sounds explored on 2013’s Floating Coffin. Regardless of which door the band chooses to venture to, Thee Oh Sees are once again victorious.

Saturday Night Playlist:

1. The Sound Reasons - Till The End Of Time
2. The Haunted - 1-2-5
3. Thee Tsuanamis - Trash Talk
4. David Bowie - Let's Spend The Night Together
5. Steely Dan - Monkey In Your Soul
6. Sunset Rubdown - Idiot Heart
7. Dark Glasses - Strange
8. Suicide - Ghostrider
9. The Vaccines - Handsome
10. The Psychedelic Furs - All Of This & Nothing
11. Dot Dash - Rainclouds
12. Tim Ray & A.V. - All Sane
13. Klark Kent - Guerrilla
14. Love - A House Is Not A Motel
15. Middle Sister - Rosasharn
16. The Locusts Have No King - Trench Song
17. Patti Smith - Pumping My Heart
18. Television - The Fire
19. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - You Spin Me Round ’86
20. Les Marinellis - Tarot II
21. X - Devil Doll
22. Motorhead - Live To Win
23. Superchunk - What Do I
24. METZ - Nervous System
25. The Shades - New Clientele
26. The Young Canadians - I Hate Music
27. Wire - Two People In A Room
28. Thee Oh Sees - Rogue Planet
29. Thee Oh Sees - Withered Hand

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for June 13. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.