Gasoline

Take It to the People (Estrus)

The world’s supply of garage rock is not holed up between Detroit and random American metropolises — Japan is putting a pretty decent dent on the scene with its stockpile of bands like the King Brothers, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, Guitar Wolf, and of course Gasoline. Garage vet Tim Kerr was called in to produce Take It to the People, which sounds like it was recorded at some cops-are-on-their-way-soon house party for Mudhoney and the MC5. The King Brothers and Gasoline are the current standouts ’cause they play the most frothing-through-the-nostrils rock of the bunch. This album is Gasoline’s latest wild ‘n’ woolly ride through lightning strikes of punk blues, all the while shocking the tail off ’50 rock ‘n’ roll, ’60s soul, and ’70s psychedelics. Guitar squalls breaking into feedback and a lot of sloppy, freaky, play-hard-and-fast-till-the-blackouts-hit kind of noise charge throughout these 12 songs, like Cujo ripping the ass off of a mailman.

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