ALLIGATOR (DIRTY WATER)
There's a huge number of great bands in Japan right now and one of the best is right here, right now on Dirty Water Records.
With a sound that's tough, breakneck yet soulful, there's also real proper tunes coming from this trio.
Yeah, this is freaked-out 100mph fuzz-bucket guitar garage rock'n'roll, and all executed with more than the usual amount of frenziedly primitive zeal, but it's all delivered by people who actually know what they're doing, who know how to play their instruments.
This is no thrashing around garage-punk-by-numbers. A review of their debut album (on Irish-based label Motor Sounds) said: "Now, with most garage bands you get the impression that they suffer from a fondness for music equipment porn.
Gotta get the right pedals, the right sound, the right mixing desk . . . not these guys.
This is clearly a band with some amps, some instruments and a volume control set to loud.
There's bleed all over the place, the vocals are scratchy (in a punching-the-air way) and the drummer is tight'n'loose.
This band is fuggin' ace. Not only that, but they're clearly skilled musicians . . . not in a prog way of course .
. that wouldn't do. But the solos that leap outta each song could easily come from a vintage Yardbirds LP."