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10 -The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, June 8, 1994
'Turks rock toward

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By Matt Carlson
Technology sucks. Lo-fiis the way
to go. While U2 is busy discovering
how many tape loops they can run
through their so-called rock music,
bands like Columbus, Ohio's New
Bomb Turks will drive their rawk and
roll mayhem right down Bonzo and
company's throats, leaving smolder-
ing heaps of flesh in the aftermath.
The New Bomb Turks have been
around for a few years making some
of the most aggressive garage-punk
sounds in recent memory without the
use of horrific hi-fi equipment. After
a smattering of seven-inch slabs of
vinyl and their debut LP "Destroy-
Oh-Boy," on Europe's trash and roll
label Crypt Records, the New Bomb
Turks are building a reputation as one

ofthebestpunkbandstocome alongin
the '90s and a strong fan-base of cult-
like proportions.
The 'Turks have buzzing guitar
courtesy ofJim Weber, pounding bass
provided by Matt Reber and shred-
ding drums by Bill Randt. Over the
top of this blistering rawk power,
vocalist Eric Davidson rants andraves
his tales of drag strip riots ("Dragstrip
Riot"), chicks ("I Want My Baby...
Dead?!") and pure energy ("Runnin'.
On Go").
My telephone interview with
Davidson failed to tape, or to put it
another way,itsoundedquiteabitlike
the New Bomb Turks seven-inch pro-
duction of"Bottle Island"on theDam-
aged Goods label. That single is possi-
bly the'Turks at their most raw sound-

the past
ing. Recorded by garage-rock god
Billy Childish (Thee Headcoats, Thee
Mighty Ceasars), "Bottle Island" and
theflipside,acoverofTheeHeadcoats'
rager "Youngblood," showcase the
'Turks ability to pound out entertain-
ing ear-blasts of '60s garage rawk
candy-recordedonly on atwo-track
in Childish's kitchen.
That single was recorded in En-
gland while the New Bomb Turks
were touring Europe in support of
"Destroy-Oh-Boy." According to
Davidson, Crypt Records requires that
all of its bands tour Europe to drum up
sales of a band's album.
A bit more polished than some of
their singles, "Destroy-Oh-Boy" is a
scorching sheet of 14 pure punk rawk
songs. Their recent follow-up, the
five-song EP "Drunk On Cock," rolls
on the same energetic vein and will
have to appease their throng of fans
until later this year when their second
LP will be released on Crypt.
The New Bomb Turks' blend of
'60s garage and '70s punk on their
debut LP earned the band scores of
critical raves, including Maximum

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Rock and Roll's declaration that it is
the best punk album of the last five THE NEW BOMB TURKS play
years. tonight with the Supersuckers an
Like the bands on the monolithic The Leather Uppers at the Blind
Nugget's compilation on speed, with Pig. Tix are only five bucks in
a bit o' the Pagans or the Buzzcocks advance and doors open at 9:30
thrown in, the New Bomb Turks play p.m. Also catch the 'Turks and The
high-decibel ultra-fast guitar rock Leather Uppers playing an in-stor
without hard-core pretensions or appearance at Schoolkid's indie
punk-fashion chic. annex at 4 p.m. Be there!

RECORDS
Continued from page 9
"Thalassocracy" as well as the Three
Stooges tribute/defense "Two Reel-
ers" show that Black is still abso-
lutely the master of the genre.
Then there are the songs that defy
easy classification, likethemini rock-

opera "Freedom Rock," the enigmatic
"Ole Mulholland" and the weirdly
sprightly "Pie in the Sky." Fact is,
there are so many songs here that
many get lost in the first few listens.
Fortunately, "Teenager of the Year"
is addictively catchy and an early
candidate for album of the year.
-Heather Phares

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