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Darlene Shrugg
Darlene Shrugg
Upset the Rhythm

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Darlene Shrugg brings together Maximilian Turnbull (Slim Twig), Meg Remy (U.S. Girls), Simone TB (Fake Palms), Carlyn Bezic (Ice Cream), and Amanda Crist (Ice Cream). The band isn’t really all that well known. You won’t find them promoting on social media and their live performances are on again, off again, Nevertheless, if it’s hard rock that suits you, this is the album for you. You might start your day with Darlene Shrugg. From the opening track “Inherit the Wind” through to “Freedom Comes in a Plastic Card” you’ll get the adrenaline rush blasting you into the day ahead. There is a softer, beneath the waves track “Strawberry Milk” which will cool you down a bit four tracks into the journey. This is assertive, cocksure rock. There’s plenty of gain, so crank up the volume and go!


The World
First World Record
Upset the Rhythm

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Lots of good recordings out there this week, but in the end the HorizonVU pick goes to The Word for their release “First World Record” on Upset the Rhythm. This album is juiced up post-punk. If you can imagine X-Ray Spex minus Poly Styrene with some Slits here and there and some LiLiPUT combined with a signature wicked sax duo – you’re pretty much there. The Oakland-based band features Amber Sermeno on bass and vocals, Elyse Schrock on drums and vocals, guitarist Andy Jordan, Alexa Pantalone on bongos and Stanley Martinez on sax. Pantalone and Martinez are the saxophonists contributing in a big way to the band’s sonic signature. The album takes off with “Hot Shopper” which streaks by in under two minutes, but you’ll enjoy boppin’ along. “Chet Baker”and “Namaste” really deliver what it seems fair to say is the band’s sound. The album closes out with “I Fell in Love With a Slumlord” a melodic in sort of scratchy way accompanied by a heavy dose of sax. This is the kind of album that makes one want to see the live show. It just screams fun! Read more about this band and follow the tour schedule at Brooklyn Vegan.


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