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Alex Kerns / Mikey Erg - Split [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Alex Kerns / Mikey Erg

Alex Kerns / Mikey Erg: Split [7-inch]Split [7-inch] (2012)
Asian Man Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


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Alex Kerns (Lemuria) and Mikey Erg (ex-the Ergs, plus like 30 other bands) have a history of stellar collaborations, both live and on record. Their latest joint effort, a seven-inch split for Asian Man Records, continues to highlight what the two songwriters do best. Boasting two tracks from each ar.
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Alex Kerns (Lemuria) and Mikey Erg (ex-the Ergs, plus like 30 other bands) have a history of stellar collaborations, both live and on record. Their latest joint effort, a seven-inch split for Asian Man Records, continues to highlight what the two songwriters do best. Boasting two tracks from each artist, it's a catchy little collection that highlight the musicians' strengths.

Kerns goes first with two originals. "Responsibility of the Doll" has a lengthy intro, but otherwise both tracks are very much in the vein of the somewhat angular indie rock that Lemuria showcased on last year's Pebbles. The downside to this is that while Kerns remains the primary lyricist in Lemuria, it was Sheena Ozzella who made Lemuria's songs sparkle vocally. Kerns has a much deeper, monotone voice, and while it gives the tracks a slight droning post-punk edge, it's hard not to think of how Ozzella would have lead the material, or at least complemented it. Still, both tracks are nice, chilled out arrangements.

Erg livens things up considerably with two pop-punk cuts. Contrary to what the tracklisting says, Erg leads with a cover of Down By Law's "Flower Tattoo." It's a pretty straightforward rendition, but c'mon, it's Erg in his element. Dude rocks what was already a thoroughly catchy song. Original "Song Against Ian Raymond" plays like a sad sequel to "Flower Tattoo." If one is about having a crush, the other is definitely about having that crush unfulfilled. Fortunately for the listener, Erg was always really good at writing catchy, fun songs about having your heart ripped out.

 

 
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crowbells (May 23, 2012)

Both of these drummers are incredibly important to the punk rock scene and routinely spew out better songs than anyone I know. I just don't know how anyone can be down on either of them. Alex Kerns, Mikey Erg, I salute you.

145Alive (May 22, 2012)

Mikey Erg has fuckin' down's sindrome and he's still the better of the two. What a brave little turd.

145Alive (May 22, 2012)

Alex Kerns is a boring, wimpy, charlatan... what in God's name are you talking about? The dullest songwriting, the tamest personality, and the most lifeless vocals I've ever heard. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? He can literally only hit about four notes and they're all flat.

eatbicycles (May 22, 2012)

I love Mikey Erg!, but on this record his songs are rushed pieces of shit compared to Kerns'. Kerns domination. He's Calvin Johnson. He's the fucking man. This is a tremendous 7", and Erg! delivers the goods, but Kerns is on another planet right now. He can handle his own vocals. Sheena is something different.

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