Saturday, December 20, 2014

Release of the Day: The Nevermores - Lock Your Door

If there's one thing I like it's a record with good liner notes and Lock Your Door has those in spades. The back cover of the record features an excellent story of the spoooooky Bloomington, Indiana 90s garage rock band from the stirrings of the band as Modock into the organ-drenched incarnation featured on the Lock Your Door LP. As the story goes, the band were a relentless, theatrical affair with costumes and a farfisa organ that played local shows for a year before eventually recording the whole of their repertoire in 1991 and leaving it basically untouched until now.

And thank god it has now been touched. Cause this is some rollicking rock n' roll meets Casper the friendly ghost all-grown-up-and-ready-to-boogie-oogie-oogie This record of fourteen bangers runs the gamut from a somewhat-custom-cover of the Ramones ballad "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" to the garage-gospel of a song like "Hot Rod Dissertation." This is the combination that makes a record like The Oblivians' Plays Nine Songs With Mr. Quintron so successful. And it's because the songs can become either more soulful or scary, as the quintessential American connotations of an organ are of the macabre or of Baptist church, in some absolutely bizarre irony.

The Nevermores capitalize on this, bringing in inspirations of Edgar Allan Poe (duh) and other stories of the weird. And here we are twenty-three years after the songs were recorded and they still sound great. So get to it! There's still four days till Christmas - pick this one up for your precocious, sinister young one!

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