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Dirty Bird : The Black Wing EP

'The Black Wing EP' is an assault on the forces of normalcy. It comes flying straight outta the zombie garage, fuelled by evil 'tude, hard alkeehol, and a galaxy of cheap controlled substances, and it's all designed to eat away at society's foundations. But it's not all serious or nothin'; its really more like a gang of old heads gathered together, tanked on booze and fondling their switchblades while Frankenstein and Drac boogie to ? and the Mysterians and Blue Cheer over in the corner. Can you dig it?

Dirty Bird leads things off, featuring Dirty Dave Johnson from The Glasspack. If you like the 'Pack's Detroit-inspired rawk, then ratchet things down with Dirty Bird's proto-Stooges Valium stomp. This menacing, drugged-out tuneage sounds like a bunch of druggy freaks playing out one last night before being hauled off to jail for good. It's psychobilly without the camp, monster mashin' into Dimension Z in a duct-taped spacecraft with Weirdly and Creepela at the helm. Gravitron is nothing if not versatile, but in keeping with the spirit of things they've zeroed in on their punk/space side, playing acid-laced distorto supremo tunes. Hey, it's getting kinda raw and scary out there in the garage! Birdwing are the most conventionally stoner/doom group in this ménage atrois, and I'm lovin' them for it. Their stoned-out fuzz is reminiscent of the glory days of the late 90s, or perhaps the golden 'Vincebus Eruptum' days of old. You pick. Either way, you win!

As messy as the music on this EP can get, it's countered by the care and detail found in the package. This is a celebratory release to commemorate 4 Walls' first year as a record label. This bundle o' joy, limited to 375 copies, is hand-crafted, with a woodcut-stamped front cover by Chicago artist H, originally made as a foam board sculpture. Inside, a black feather has been glued to the front gatefold, while the CD itself has been spattered with "blood". Really, it looks more like some Chicago post-rock release than a purveyor of stoned-out mayhem. Cool. And the best thing of all is that it heralds full-length releases from all three bands, hopefully by the end of the year. Very cool.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Dirty Bird:
1. Brains
2. Little Girl

3. The Black Wing Interceptors
4. The Young Lads of Olde

5. '69 Firebird
6. Let Them Know

Duration : Approx. 28 minutes

Visit the Dirty Bird bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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