Sunday, January 6, 2008

Red Hot Pussy Liquor -Broke, But Not Broken CD-R(Demon Nation)


This 2007 Red Hot Pussy Liquor CD-R is one very impressive package presentation wise. The layout and design and lyric sheet rivals a lot of regular CD releases. I didn't realize it was a CD-R until I tried playing it on a CD player I have that refuses to play it.

In his excellent New Zealand music book Ready to Fly New Zealand music writer/poet/reviewer, David Eggleton wrote something along the lines that a lot of New Plymouth bands were influenced by heavy metal and were heavy on comic-shlock imagery. The cover to this CD carries on that tradition in fine form. Pussy, Drugs, Liquor, complaining neighbours are Red Hot Pussy Liquor's main lyrical themes.

On to the music, it's punk with a touch of a metal influence. The album was recorded live in one hour so there's very much a live feel to this release. To my ears the drums sound louder than they really should be in places but I suspect that's due to live recording. At times vocalist Grady Waite sounds a lot like Sticky Filth's Craig Radford but that's hardly a complaint.

The first song Live For One Day is a song that wouldn't sound out of place on a Sloppy Seconds album.
The band's theme song Red Hot Pussy Liquor is a raging chug-long sing-song. Pussy Liquor!!
Smack the Bitch Back is a great revenge anthem. Some call me a loser. Some call me hardcore. I'm just glad I broke this motherfucker's jaw
S.O.S. is a song where Grady's voice reminds me a lot of Sticky Filth. The chorus is catchy as hell.
Suicidal Land shows the serious side of this band. This is another song that reminds me of Sloppy Seconds with a touch of the Ramones and sprinkle of Suicidal Tendencies.
Wicked Wicked is one of the highlights. An ode to rock and roll and women that is bound to offend a few.
40 hour week is another highly catchy number about the futility of working life. Buteel street is the first song about a complaining item and there is a copy of the newspaper clip that this incident is about attached to the lyric sheet.
Burn Mikey Burn is a highly catchy punk number that could either be about a boy racer or someone that has an expensive car for show rather than driving. I love the fast chorus.
Drugs and Scum would be my pick for the best song on this release. The mixture of slow and fast parts are perfect.
A few of the song on this CD can be heard on Red Hot Pussy Liquor's myspace page

To order this release email demonnationmusic[AT]gmail.com

1 comment:

Greg said...

Excellant, thanx for coming thru with a review on these guys. I've been listening to a bit of Sloppy Seconds lately, still sound good to me.
OK have a good year.
Apart from Simon Kay your becoming my source for interesting NZ music!
OK, later.