The Bamboo Kids

Feel Like Hell

by Jennifer Kelly

27 October 2006

 

The Bamboo Kids’ 2003 debut was one of the best rock ‘n roll albums you never heard, built on classic three-chord progressions and straight-on beats, but crackling with dangerous, rambunctious energy.  Originally released on an obscure Norwegian label and picked up belatedly by Pittsburgh’s Get Hip, the band’s self-titled scorched the ears of the few people that heard it, but came too late to profit from the watered-down garage craze of the early ‘00s.  Now, three years on, the band is back with just-as-good Feel Like Hell, another unfashionable, uncompromising block of killer rockers a la the early Stones, Ramones, and New York Dolls.  Stand-out cuts this time include “If I Had My Way”, all smouldering guitar chug and descanting vocals, the crazed shout-along rockabilly of “Child Prodigy”, and the very Stones-ish “Palpitations”.  You’ll catch a whiff of the Clash S-T in a couple of tracks—the dub-style bass of “Eternal War”, and the “Clash City Rockers”-esque anarchies of “Take What’s Mine”.  And, like all real punks, the Bamboo Kids are pissed as hell about politics; their “USA out of NYC” is the best answer yet to the GOP Convention’s smarmy, self-serving takeover of Gotham in 2004.

Feel Like Hell

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