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Lick Lick

Lick Lick

(Australian Cattle God; US: 6 Nov 2007; UK: Available as import)

Just when you thought all the last holdouts from quirky ‘90s power-pop were gone along comes Lick Lick, a band whose sound is just as obnoxious and perplexing as their celestial raccoon cover art. Lick Lick claims to be inspired by the likes of Frank Zappa and The Minutemen, but it seems that this Austin five-piece has drained all the least likable aspects out of these groups and created an awful version of Presidents of the United States. Lick Lick includes everything from ugly gang vocals; staid, distorted guitar licks; predictable breakdowns; and awful, bombastic lyrics (“Stop makin’ that face!!”). There are also times when a female vocalist chimes to give just the slightest whiff of the Pixies. But this whiff is too faint to hold any interest in this apparent atrocity. Boys and girls, save your eardrums. D. Boon would not be impressed. This is one loud, raucous effort you might want to sit out.

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Joe is a freelance writer who focuses on music, politics, and popular culture. His work has been published at AOL Music, Staten Island Advance, NYDailyNews.com, and SIDump.com. One semester away from mastering J-School over at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Joe lives in a pastoral abode out on Staten Island where he enjoys the solitude and the whiskey.


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