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Trashlight Vision
Alibis And Ammunition
Rock Ridge Music
www.trashlightvision.com


Ah, how I yearn for the dead languages. Acey Slade has a sleazy voice cut out of stone. He's got the pipes, the confidence, and the unabashed cliché milking followed by shocking originality that it takes to inhabit the spirit of rock and roll. "Wham bam thank you ma'am," and, "a smile like a Cheshire cat" are interspersed with possible C.S. Lewis references and a sickened throwback to "The Streak" with "She got herself buried in a board bag in the desert/ wearing nothing but her skin." The band is really good, too; guitar solos at once bright and fuzzy like a dial-up internet tone, spot on drumming, nice gangland backup vocals. The production is faultless, and it's nicely melodic.

But being a great glam-metal band is akin to being the best Gaelic yodeler alive. Unless there are nests of L.A. burnouts in bomb shelters raising their offspring on W.A.S.P. and Kik Tracee LPs, who's going to buy this stuff? Look fellers, I know you're young and probably think this was the shit back in the day. Truth be told, Motley Crue sucked back then too, I lived through it. Even though Trashlight Vision kicks out an interesting and unobvious Ramones cover with "My Brain is Hanging Upside Down," one band member needs to have his mohawk revoked, having nothing to do with punk. Maybe I'm wrong and the kids will really ironically dig this like all the stoner rock that's been puked up lately. They've opened for Stiff Little Fingers and Buzzcocks, but I suspect those acts had no say in it. How about a glam band that performs in Latin, it'll be called Xamfir - king of the skin flute.

-Ewan Wadharmi


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