Thursday, January 6, 2011
The Raydios- Original Demo Recordings
I don't know how I forgot about this record. Maybe the blank spine? Shit.
You, like me, where probably very bummed when Teengenerate broke up. I first heard of this record in a review and that the band (Fink and Sammy from Teengenerate with Yoda on drums) wasn't pleased with it. A few days later I saw it at a record store (when there still was one in Greensboro) and seeing the hefty import price of $15 (new records were more like $8 then, and I was 19 with no money) made me hesitate. So when I got home I brought out some Teengenerate that hadn't seen the light of day in quite some time and the next day I went back and forked over the $15 I thankfully had.
I still have no idea what the band was dissatisfied with. It's not as lo-fi as Teengenerate (but it's still lo-fi) and the pace isn't as frantic but that only makes it sound that much more like first wave Punk ROCK. If you were one of three Japanese guys whose favorite records were the first by the Ramones, the Saints, the Dead Boys, and Pagans (7") this would be your band. Turn this up LOUD and tell me otherwise. No frills, thankfully. Under 30 minutes and everything. The sleeve art also fits.
Only the cover song ("Kidnapped" by the Rubber City Rebels) breaks the momentum a bit. What can I say...it's just not up to par with the rest of the album. Plus it's the only song over three minutes on the whole thing, go figure.
Goddammit this record is good, and with a song called "Fartful Eyes" how can you go wrong?.