Dirty Water Records

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Schwindy's Indie Music Spotlight: The Masonics "in Your Night Of Dreams And Other Foreboding Pleasures"

I will say one thing for the artists on Dirty Water Records. They know how to grab my attention. The latest from one of my favorite labels begins with some fuzzy guitar that sounds like it was recorded in the mid-60s. Then the vocals come in and they have the same kind of dirty sound as the guitar. The end of the song is a psychedelic feast for the ears. I'll say it for the record. I was immediately hooked on The Masonics.

And then there comes "Obermann." This song sounds like the theme of a spy movie and the lyrics are nutty. "Obermann talks with a monkey's jaw / lives his life by the ancient law." No, I don't have any idea what it means either. But hey, I told you the lyrics are nutty.

While I'm on the topic of themes, "Gun-Diddy-I-Die" is some kind of hybrid of garage rock and the theme of a 50s Western television show. Weird? Certainly. Cool? Most definitely.

This band shows a lot of range on this album. "I Cheated I Confess" has a classic country theme, but this is no honky tonk song. This sounds like the sort of song Eddie Cochran would have done if he were in a garage band. If this one doesn't get you moving, there is really nothing I can recommend for you.

Now, I'm not going to write about every song on this album, but I will write about one more. "Sorrows Lane" shows that this band can even get your toes tapping when singing about being brokenhearted. In this song, the vocalist sings that he eats melancholy soup and drinks sour wine. Just imagine those lyrics coming from Morrissey, for instance. Do you think it would have your head moving and feet tapping? Probably not. But The Masonics put a heavy rockabilly twist on this one that will make you want to dance around your living room despite the fact that the entire thing is a lamentation.

Do yourself a favor and pick up this album. Then do yourself a bigger favor andcheck out other Dirty Water artists. If you do, your collection will take a welcome turn toward the gritty and raucous.

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