Thursday, December 27, 2007

Satan's Little Pet Pig

I'm gradually coming to the realization that In The Red Records has become one of my favorite record labels. The Los Angeles-based independent has released impressive albums from from a long list of rock lineage, including names like Jay Reatard, Black Lips, The Ponys, Miss Alex White and The Dirtbombs, just to name a few. The latest In The Red release to grab my attention comes from a Montreal garage rock outfit by the name of Demon's Claws.

Satan's Little Pet Pig is their debut for In The Red, after the group was brought to the label's attention by the Black Lips, who proclaimed them to be the best band they'd seen on tour in the last year. "Part lo-fi distorted crunch, part young Mick Jagger with a mouth full of pills, they play with an "aw, fuggit" swagger, falling all over the beat then pulling it together before anyone gets hurt. Like flooring a V8 down a back road, they let the gravel fly but somehow always avoid the ditch."

While most of the album lies in crunchy, pound on the floor, high-energy garage rock, they can still get rootsy at times with a smoke rolling tune like "That Old Outlaw", or a pull out a black magic number like "Hunting On The 49." And then, just as you're getting comfortable, they give you a swift kick right in the ass with a complete wall shaker like "Wrong Side Of Town." "With a range that qualifies them as possessors of real talent, they mangle authentic country cuts right along with their tight, 2-chord tonal tantrums which no bar fight would be complete without. Like the cold feel of an evil autumn breeze, there's something very antagonistically comforting about the Demon's Claws ability to lure you in their direction, and just when you're close enough to feel the warmth of the flames, they switch gears and blow up right in your face."
Demon's Claws - Satan's Little Pet Pig
  1. Shadow Of A Castle
  2. Satan's Little Pet Pig
  3. 1000 Rounds
  4. That Old Outlaw
  5. Wrong Side Of Town
  6. Gun To My Head
  7. Get Together
  8. Unemployment
  9. Cecile Lemay
  10. Tomcat
  11. Hunting On The 49
  12. Behind The Barn
You can pick this one up from In The Red, or from eMusic, iTunes, and Midheaven. Check 'em out at Myspace, and get more info at Dead Canary Records.