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Brown Bottle Flu

Brown Bottle Flu: Felt UpFelt Up (2013)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Brown Bottle Flu, a trio from Bloomington, IN, came and went too quickly. Forming in 2011, guitarist/vocalist Alex Molica, drummer/singer Sharlene Birdsong and bassist Jared Coyle played some damn fine garage rock, and you can check it out and pick up Felt Up for free (name your price) at their band.


Brown Bottle Flu, a trio from Bloomington, IN, came and went too quickly. Forming in 2011, guitarist/vocalist Alex Molica, drummer/singer Sharlene Birdsong and bassist Jared Coyle played some damn fine garage rock, and you can check it out and pick up Felt Up for free (name your price) at their bandcamp.

This is their first full-length, following EPs in 2011 and 2012. Molica and Birdsong tear up their vocal chords through 12 get-down-to-business cuts full of crunchy guitars, primal drums and effective basslines. "Funeral Girl," a previously released single, is included here for good reason for it gives a perfect mission statement for the album. The song starts quick and dirty, but later slows down to a bridge with insistently cranky guitar and thumping drums. They mix it up with "Human Fly," showing their slower side with a walking tempo and Molica and Birdsong singing in unison about their "96 tears in 96 eyes" and then buzzing around overhead.

"Lucy" is one of my favorites here. It begins quiet and creepy, building to a chorus of "Lucy, I'm home" and I can't help but hope it's written from the perspective of Ricky Ricardo. Molica moans more than ever here, a style that might turn some people off but I feel fits well in this type of tune. Later, their cover of "Route 66" is pretty awesome, ramping the classic up with levels of intensity it hasn't known before. "Your Back" features Birdsong on vocals with her cool Karen O style. The riff is very Sonics, which I love.

"Rooftop Blues" is the one track I find Molica's vocal style detracting, as it prevents the listener from understanding any of the words, with every vowel sound sounding identical somehow. "Boots on the Ground" is well intentioned and has some cool freak-out sections, but suffers from it's length. And Birdsong's vocals are the lead here and need to be louder.

The artwork is, well, horrifying and dumb, but the songs within are, for the most part, worth your time. While they may be gone, their songs will live on amongst the better Bloomington garage rock bands. Go grab Felt Up while it's still free.

 

 
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burntorangepeel (August 20, 2013)

I can see the influence, especially Crumb and Wolverton. Nice stuff.

PetroBPettson (August 19, 2013)

Yeah, I dig Crumb & the whole Zap! Comix crew. I'm pretty into Boris Artzybasheff, Basil Wolverton, Ed Roth and James Flora as well.

You can check out some of my other work here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ben-lyon/

Anyone offended by my cover for Brown Bottle Flu will probably find many reasons to hate me there.

burntorangepeel (August 19, 2013)

Crumb fan?

PetroBPettson (August 19, 2013)

Ha! I drew that cover.

alwaysoffended (August 18, 2013)

This album art is disgusting, and I DOUBT it's portraying a consensual act.

gotsmuch (August 18, 2013)

for some reason i always assumed from the name that this would be some lame bloomington experimental indie bullshit. the artwork is what sold me (punk rock needs more 90's cartoony bullshit!) the record ain't too shabby, too bad i didn't get into em sooner.

greg0rb (August 17, 2013)

Whoops. Reviewer fail.

Countchocula (August 17, 2013)

You are aware that Human Fly is a Cramps cover right ?

EchosMyron (August 16, 2013)

This album cover is much better than, for instance, No Matter Where We Go! The artist obviously knows how to draw a nice pair of tits. I also love the nipple poking through the cloth.

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