Friday, 19 February 2016

COMBOMATIX – CHINESE SONGS FOR BAD BOYS (Howlin’ Banana Records/Retard Records LP, D/L).

Coming outta the Rennes Garage Rock scene and straight to your heart, French two man wrecking crew Combomatix are back with a new album of primal lo-fi Garage Punk titled Chinese Songs For Bad Boys. Following their 2012 debut album on Frantic City Records, which earned comparisons to the likes of The Gloomies, Gories and The Oblivians, Combomatix have expanded their basic line up of snarling, distorted guitar and thunderous drums with fuzzed out organ, which gives the band a more “classic” Garage Rock sound.

Chinese Songs For Bad Boys is not big, with a running time of around 30 minutes and it’s not clever…… fact it’s as dumb as they come……but it’s a total blast. It’s a wild ride, it’s the musical equivalent of driving as fast as possible…….without any breaks……..drunk…….and wearing a blindfold!!!! There are some really cool tunes on this album, ‘Never Cut The Wire’ and ‘I Got Pills’ are both very groovy while the album closer ‘I'll Make You Mad’ is an absolute killer Garage/Psych tune which see Combomatix moving into Fuzztones/Lords Of Altamont territory. Combomatix really tear up the joint and if proper old school, dirty Garage Rock is where you get your thrills, then it is well worth your time checking out this seriously high octane record .........phew, Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Chinese Songs For Bad Boys is a joint release by the French labels Howlin’ Banana Records and Retard Records and is available in a limited pressing of 300 vinyl copies. Out now, the record can be purchased from the Howlin’ Banana web store or from Bandcamp, where a digital download is also available, at the following pages …..

Retard Records

Howlin’ Banana Records


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