BLACK MAMBAS - Moderation LP
- Label: OTHER LABELS
- Catalog Number: DISC-006
- Availability: In Stock
While these savage young men may hail from Bell Gardens, their scope
is absolutely international—you can hear the Kids from Belgium, the
Saints from Australia, England’s Eddie and the Hot Rods and the Zero
Boys from the USA as immediate touchstones, all on a high speed chase
where any second wasted could mean crashing into a police roadblock.
(And as these guys say in a coming interview: “We’ve never actually been
caught!”) On their second full-length, Black Mambas themselves have
turned up the heat instead of the heat turning up on them, supercharging
their original vision of modern pub rock into an out-of-control
needles-in-the-red wild ride—arguably even wilder than their classic
Wild Records days. The first two tracks “Saturday Night Fist Fight” and
“Up All Night” let you know their lifestyle has bled into the album, as
producer Johnny Witmer (The Stitches, The Crazy Squeeze) masterfully
distills the excitement of their live shows onto wax without sounding
“contained”—instead, waves of guitar pressure-cook each explosive solo.
The title track “Moderation” drips with defiant irony in the
chorus—“DOING DRUGS! WITH NO MODERATION… NOW!!!”—and “End Game”
chronicles rogue lovers en la noche: “Star-crossed lovers, meeting in
the twilight / Making love in the middle of the night / I can’t be seen
with you / You can’t be seen with me!” The album’s closer is also its
most explosive tune: “Vatican Prayer” is a take-no-prisoners commentary
on religion and violence, proving these guys aren’t just nihilistic for
selfish reasons. It’s merely a sane response to a world that has spun
politically and spiritually off its goddamned axis. -Gabriel Hart / L.A. RECORD
1. Saturday Night Fist Fight
2. Up All Night
3. Lusty Lady
4. Feel My Sole
6. End Game
7. Rico Amor
8. Vatican Prayer
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