The Slytones - 'The Psychedelic Sounds Of' (Self Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Russ P   
Monday, 25 April 2011 05:02

Slytones-176pxThe Slytones have been described as both ominous and gloriously disturbing and I can vouch for this just by the look of the band. If you need a second opinion then just grab yourself a copy of 'The Psychedelic Sounds Of The Slytones' EP and hold on tight.


As unhinged as this bunch of musicians clearly are there's also something wonderfully contagious about craziness and I think that I've caught it. You can't help but be scooped up and taken along for the ride with music as wild and unfettered as this. It's fun, it's mean, it's dark and it's dangerous.


There's an unhealthy amount of vaudeville excess evident not only in the greasepaint running down the band's faces but also in every pore of the music. I can hear early Alice Cooper in here, The Doors are in here - obviously - and so are Tom Waits, The Damned and Dogs D'Amour. And I say unhealthy here as to call it healthy would be an affront to everything that is holy.


Given all this I'm also surprised to hear a split of Gomez, Crowded House and Morphine in first track 'Goldie Locks'. "Who's been sleeping in my bed" is a line that could've fitted into a slightly darker 'Woodface'.


'This Female For Retail' exemplifies the band's psychotic vision as it lurches from a drunken Stump-like hook - where they repeatedly sing "Let's all talk about Amy Winehouse" - into a quick-fire-pace Rocket From The Crypt section. It's the aural equivalent of drinking Jack Daniels while sitting on a seesaw on the deck of trawler fishing for King Crabs in the Bering Sea.


But it doesn't stop there. 'Captain Ketamine' plays spin the bottle with The Doors and Jethro Tull. Just imagine Jim Morrison and Ian Anderson playing tongue tennis. As they both are today I hasten to add.


The Slytones are a truly frightening band. You should go and see them live. I've got a sneaking suspicion that this lot will stick in the mind.