Ukiah Drag, The "Crypt Cruiser E.P." LPWharf Cat
THE UKIAH DRAG'S newest slab is more like a taped-up scrapyard majesty than a slick-prick showboat -- it's discernible that each song was recorded separately, each with its unique protuberances. There is positively no illusions of uniform taste. It'd leave that tedium for the flavorless cuts who like their psychedelia starched and sterilized.
"An Open Room in Hell" is an invitation for listeners to ice their mortal coil and take the elevator downstairs. Naturally it's a fast one and it volleys harder than most Drag songs to date. "Criminal Authority" is ZZ Ramirez's ode to a restless sociopath lusting for personal annihilation, looking for the illuminating light under a pile of trash. The Sultan's lead guitar beams straight like an amphetamine-deranged surf rock number and cuts you down. (The crowds love to boogie to this one live.)
Their redux cut of an older song, *Downpour*, is certainly the only song that releases the pressure a bit, the eye of the hurricane. Yet at the end it climaxes and decapitates the listener with slide guitar and bizarre percussion arrangements. Perhaps the corona of the crypt cruiser is their take on the Stooges* classic *Dirt*-- edited down from a two hour long jam with the immortal Nick Klein. Primitive but well-arranged rocknroll with enormous energy, no pretense or foolery.
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