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I will amplify you!
Tuesday, 22.05.2012, 20:20
oh what a night...
Rocket From The Tombs (USA)
"Barfly" is an unabashed, forceful testimony to the magic of guitar rock.
"Our attitude and all, is in our blood. We're not young, loud and revolting anymore. Now we're old, loud and revolting."
Hank Chinaski aka Charlie Bukowski, would have loved this band. He'd been much obliged and honored by them, picking "Barfly" as the title for their first studio album in 37 years. Rocket from the Tombs was founded in 1974, burnt out in 1975 and their recorded work survived mainly in the form of bootlegs. Some say, this Clevland band originated  'punk'. (Wayne Kramer, Wayne County, Johnny Rotten, Sylvain Sylvain a.o. might disagree...). Actually, so does founding member and Pere Ubu frontman, David Thomas. 'Punk' was nothing but a fad, he says. Shortlived and destroyed by it's own (but unavoidable) gargantuan consumption of drugs and alcohol, that would have made even Keith Richard blush. (Can you just see that...)

For RFTT, something definitely went right though: In just 8 months of existence, they came up with great stuff like "Ain't It Fun","Sonic Reducer","Final Solution",
"So Cold","What Love Is","30 Seconds Over Tokyo" and "Amphetamine". And
played like there wasn't to be any tomorrow. And in a way, there wasn't: Some members morphed into Pere Ubu, others into the Dead Boys. Then the album "The Day The Earth Met The Rocket From The Tombs", consisting of live recordings and taped rehearsal tracks, led to a first, careful reunion. The core of the band - David Thomas aka Behemoth, Cheetah Chrome aka Gene O'Connor (since departed) and Craig Bell, go back to the old days. In between, it was Richard Lloyd of Television who replaced Peter Laughner, who had died. But today, Pere Ubu drummer Steve Mehlman and guitarists Gary Siperko and
Darius Akita are also still among us. "Our attitude and all, is in our blood. We're not young, loud and revolting anymore. Now we're old, loud and revolting."

"Barfly" is an unabashed, forceful testimony to the magic of guitar rock. Solos
that push each other higher and higher on the tower of rock power, an ideas-
pumping rhythm section, which roots in Midwestern musical grounds, and a
singer that learned everything he didn't forget from Rob Tyner and Don Van Vliet. "I Sell Soul" Thomas snarls in this opener, and "I will amplify you!" Into which orifice, please?, you might have to ask. Unrestrained by focus groups insight and marketing gimmicks, and therefore loose as a turkey before Thanksgiving, these ugly old men make great music together. So buzz up to the bar and join in with this beautiful ugliness, all you booze bees and louche barflies fluttering about. Yes, sure, alcohol has the effect of shortening one's life. But it does postpone immediate death.
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