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The Silencers - Cyclerific Soundsdotdotdot
artworkThe new Silencers CD finds them adopting a junior Davie Allan stance, employing fuzzomatic overdrive throughout. Gone is most of the surf. Some excellent tracks lurk in the shadows, though much of the disc is unmelodic riff rock.
Picks: Mouldy's Theme, Devil's Angels Theme, Big Ragu, Return Of The Son Of Woof Woof, 13, Sonny's Theme, Mr. Fruity Pants, 2000 Lb. Bee, The Man From F.U.Z.Z., Abracpocus, Run, Run, Run, 6 and 7 Is

Track by Track Review

Mouldy's Theme dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Thick and fuzzy, "Mouldy's Theme" does not get the juices flowing due mainly to the unmelodic and unchanging nature of the track. Lot's of volume, not much interest.

Devil's Angels Theme dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"Devil's Angels Theme" bears little resemblance to the Davie Allan original. It uses a somewhat melodic riff, but overall seems pretty riffy. So, is this in the wrong key? I ask because in the beginning it seems down a notch from where it belongs. I'm sure it's not. It's just the expectation set up by the title.

Big Ragu dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Big Ragu" retains some of the surf slaughter of the last album, with a surfy riff and a bit of reverb. It's a big, fast assaultive number with a ton of power. Overdriven shortboard fantasy battles fought on fast moving small break.

Return Of The Son Of Woof Woof dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Ultra fuzzed post Agent Orange curb shootin' doggie chasin' munch rock. More pound than roll, more riff than rock. Ugly without charm, but clearly menacing.

13 dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This ultra fuzz number reminds me of some of the biker fuzz B-movies, but more of the junior psychedelic Hollywood trendy flicks destined for the drive-in. The sample "The man is out there, and he's gonna bust us all" is the best part.

Sonny's Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cool tribal beat, a surfy feel, and a wonderful riff are working well together here. The melody is sorta exotic, but more spaghetti western. I assume this is named for Sonny Barger, but it's more befitting a longboarder of old. Not exactly trad, but certainly evocative of the period. Excellent!

Mr. Fruity Pants dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"Mr. Fruity Pants" uses more distortion than your mothers meat loaf. It seems like a throatcore sludger without vocals, plundering and just slightly faster than plodding. More backdrop to a nightmare than a song. Narrated knuckle-dragging is heard throughout. Title wise, it fits the genre, where frequent use of "pansies" as victims was seen.

2000 Lb. Bee dotdotdot
Brother Buzz Fuzz (Instrumental)

This fairly common antiquity (Ventures, Bobby Fuller, etc.) gets new life via more fuzz than Brother Buzz. Big thunder drums, ultra overdrive, and thick meat grinder attack.

The Man From F.U.Z.Z. dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"The Man From F.U.Z.Z." uses Davie Allan's title, but not his tune. Thick and too repetitious for me. It seems like a filler, void of melody, but with a strong hook riff, like many of the northwest instros of days gone by.

Abracpocus dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Abracadabra fuzz, hocus pocus intensity, huge sound, and too much riff without enough roll. Not melodic enough, but definitely power driven. It's just too unchanging throughout to retain interest long enough.

Run, Run, Run dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This extra fuzz treatment of the Gestures' garage standard is quite a contrast to the original. It's not at all harmonic and poppy, it's pure in your mug garage slaughter. The melody of the tune carries the interest level throughout, and the arrangement is such a departure from the original intent, that it works quite well.

6 and 7 Is dotdotdotdot
Flash Back Fuzz (Instrumental)

Adding up to "13," but not like it, not like "7 & 7 Is (Love)." "6 & 7 Is" is a repetitious number with more fuzz than intellect, but a lot of imagination. This means business from the mock explosion into the slow wah and phase shifted fuzz, through the throbbing acid nightmare sounds. Inventive, demented, and designed to give you the kind of headache that "Birdy Num Nums" did. The Echo-Plex slap and whirl at the end is very tasty.