I wanted to take advantage of the ridiculous name and penchant
for punctuation by claiming Everything, Now! sounds like
Iggy, Bowie! But it isn't all that simple. This
convoluted crew with the neglected website, has a bio that reads
like jumping into a Spanish soap opera. The situations are all
laid out, but you never really know what's going on. About all
I can cull from it is that some giant named "Justin"
shares my affection for Keith Green. We're used to bands
with no surnames, but it's not even clear who plays what on this
project, not to mention the fact that they start the disc with
track two. Plus also, here's the liner notes? Smart-asses.
With an album this solid, I guess you have to spin a wheel or
throw pies to decide the order, and "Massacre At Birdshit
Carwash" is as good as any to draw you in to this sordid
world of knickknacks. The distorted blues-stomp finds the unholy
marriage of MC5 and Cop Shoot Cop before splitting
to hook up with Bowie in a mind-blowing Three Dog Night
bridge. "I Live In A Trailer Park" gives a little time
to recover into Leonard Cohen meets Filthy Thieving
Bastards banjo folk that builds nicely before the bombastic
Salvation Army band comes in and blasts Tom Waits
out of the sousaphone. New wave synths on "Double Bath"
give over to circus-space-dub, while "The Ritual" reminds
us what Flaming Lips used to achieve pre-Transmissions...
when they were still interested in rocking. The weak link if you
can call it that, is the slowdown "Rocketship" which
still manages to showcase their ability to write pretty, but melodically
inventive pop. "Fishbowl Prank" begins the end with
a bit of theatricality and builds it into a full-blown Alberto
y los Trios Paranoias Broadway chorus of rock goodness. Though
Police, Police! warrants more bandname droppings than I've
utilized before in one place, it's still one of the most unique
and imaginative records I've heard in years. Note perfect, drive
perfect, sentiment perfect and power perfect, this is art rock
of the highest order.
2. Massacre At Birdshit Carwash
3. I live In A Trailer Park
4. Double Bath
5. The Ritual
7. Fishbowl Prank
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