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Crazy & the Brains

Crazy & the Brains: Snacks [cassette]Snacks [cassette] (2011)
Baldy Longhair

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Balancing themselves between genuine affection and self-awareness, Crazy & the Brains play garage rock that mixes the classic lo-fi snappers found on the Nuggets series with the new breed of guitar-based weirdos. Snacks, a cassette-only release, finds the band whipping through six light tunes that a.


Balancing themselves between genuine affection and self-awareness, Crazy & the Brains play garage rock that mixes the classic lo-fi snappers found on the Nuggets series with the new breed of guitar-based weirdos. Snacks, a cassette-only release, finds the band whipping through six light tunes that are propelled with genuine rock rhythm.

Taking notes from Nobunny and Black Lips, the band blends their energetic stomp with garage-style quirks, such as sudden "yippee!"s that jump out of nowhere and choruses that sound as if they were recorded on Sesame Street. To add to their weirdness, the band has a glockenspiel on almost every track, which despite the instrument's fairly limited sound, decorates the tunes rather than getting in the way.

But just because the band balances between Chuck Berry rock rampages and cutesey wutesey head-boppers, they nonchalantly wander into some off-color material creating an interesting contrast. On "Lindsay Lohan", the band states that they'd like to get a dirty sanchez from the song's subject. On "Saturday Night Live", the band considers showing up to the program stark naked.

While the landfills are currently overflowing with neo-garage rock albums, Crazy & the Brains are just snappy enough, just quirky enough, and just rock-y enough to make it work in the current glut. With a little more space on an LP, the group could really cut something interesting if they maintain their current affections and spread them out to display in full.

 

 
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heartattackman (March 8, 2012)

havent heard this but i got the split and i love let me go , i gotta pick this up you guys are the shit!

MAINOFFENDER (October 4, 2011)

Saw you guys with Har Mar Superstar last night, you guys fuckin killed best opening band i've seen in a long time

wild186 (October 3, 2011)

these boys def have a modly peach,johnathan richmond vibe they pull of wonderfully . i'd like to see em i love ted leo too great ep.

radiohavanna (October 3, 2011)

tonight baby i'm finally seein them live at bowery elektric with TED LEO!

carl89 (October 1, 2011)

snacks is the best song!

thed (October 1, 2011)

Definitely a one-of-a-kind band. Nothing out there quite like 'em. I love these guys. In a more-than-just-friends way.

cuttheropenj (October 1, 2011)

sick

EBone (October 1, 2011)

The tape is awesome, and it comes with the mp3 download codes...I've seen these guys live a few times and they fuckin deliver. They pick up the pace and turn it into a high energy show, reminiscent of the Ramones. Are they weird? Yes. Does it work? Abso-fucking-lutely. Check them out at any bar in NYC, and get ready to flip.

borntaloze (October 1, 2011)

I played this tape so loud last week my neighbor rang our bell.

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