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Tokyo Roadhouse Sonic Sex Castle" EP by Slumlord Radio
From the very first riff and growl on the new Slumlord Radio five song EP "Tokyo Roadhouse Sonic Sex Castle,” Slumlord Radio let you know they are ready to rock out on their new release.
Energy is the word to describe “Fort Knox.” The boys drive some of these riffs like a beer can to the head on a drunken Saturday night in your favorite dive bar, which is exactly where Slumlord Radio likes to hang out I’m sure.
Drummer David Flynn really finds a killer groove and sound on “Fort Knox”, totally locked in with Tommy Erickson’s dirty fuzz toned guitar sound that is a signature of Slumlord Radio.
L-R David Flynn - drums, Tommy Erickson - vocals and guitar, and Mike Todd - bass
“Call Me Chief” has a really infectious sing along chorus and will probably be a fan favorite at their live gigs.
The standout track is “Old Zilwaukee." This song is an unexpected song style with some trippy guitar and a hypnotic riff and subdued intro, but they cranked it back up with some power. Half way through the song, Tommy lets loose with a killer guitar solo like Neil Young when he is playing with Crazy Horse. Tommy’s solo is a welcome diversion from most of the music you hear today that lacks guitar solos. Tommy really captures the essence of this band with these lyrics from “Old Zilwaukee.” “Started out with nothing, still got most left, December is oh so cold, got leave my coat behind..and all these regrets. Mess w/ the bull surely get the horns, been shopping junkyard, ever since I was born.”
“Second Hand Tank” brings out the inner Soundgarden grunge style sound with some really tasty bass playing by Mike Todd. Mike really shines with his distinctive bass prowess all over this record. His solid play really lets David and Tommy let loose with their dynamic combo.
The song “Sonic Sex Castle” sounds like an R rated video game from the 80’s, but the song has a really cool intro that is like a spit ball flying from across the room that hits you in the face when you don’t even expect it.
Overall, the EP sounds like Soundgarden and MC5 had a baby named Slumlord Radio. The band has made a nice progression from their last release “Cat’s Pajamas.” Their new EP really captures the live feel of the band, which is where they really shine. The arrangements are more complex, there is more of a mystery surrounding the vocals, and the production quality has stepped up a lot.
On a scale of 11, Feedback Fury gives this EP a 9.
For more information about Slumlord Radio, check out their Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slumlord-Radio/175957039081894?fref=ts