Brains

The Monster Within

by David Maine

12 July 2013

 

Surfbilly punks from Hell

cover art

Brains

The Monster Within

(Sailor's Grave)
US: 9 Jul 2013
UK: 15 Apr 2013

Canadian rockabilly schlocksters Brains are out to have a wicked good time on their debut full-length The Monster Within, and for a while they succeed. Melding together a hyperkinetic rhythm section with jangling guitar lines and song titles like “Bleed”, “Kill Kill”, “Rest in Pieces” and “Suffering and Pain”, the trio spew forth the sonic equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie—an over-the-top exercise in garish excess that manages to be intermittently entertaining.

With 14 tracks under three minutes a pop, the band adheres to a hit-and-run approach that serves them well with such tunes as album opener “The Monster Within”, the twang-tastic “Misery”, and the surfing-in-hell instrumental “Cucaracha in Leather”. As with many one-note bands, though, the joke wears thin well before the end of the album, and listeners are apt to stert feeling like the record is something of an endurance test. Still, for fans of deeply reverbed guitars, cheerfully macabre lyrics and drums that go really, really fast, there’s much here to chew on—mmm!—and savor, drop by scarlet drop.

The Monster Within

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong online. Please consider a donation to support our work as an independent publisher devoted to the arts and humanities. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where advertising no longer covers our costs. We need your help to keep PopMatters publishing. Thank you.

 


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

20 Questions: Nashville Singer-Songwriter Natalie Hemby

// Sound Affects

"Natalie Hemby's Puxico is a standout debut from a songwriter who has been behind the scenes for over a decade.

READ the article