25 Suaves/Oneida 

Street People (Bulb Records)

This is one fucked-up rock record -- actually, Street People is two fucked-up rock records, with Michigan-via-Rhode Island's 25 Suaves on one side and Brooklyn's Oneida on the other. While both sides sound sloppy as shit, the 25 Suaves side is definitely the better of the two. The Suaves (of which there are two members, not 25) played a couple shows out here last month, and as anyone who saw them can attest, the singer is one insane dude who works his instrument like he's shaking the life outta it. If you missed the show, though, this live record holds back only the sweat, as guitarist "Mr. Velocity Hopkins" screams and hollers about God knows what, sounding like he's got a swarm of guitars buzzing around him, even though there's only one strapped to his skinny little frame. With "DJ Party Girl" smashing through the drums, the duo crashes into rock (and one AC/DC cover) like Eddie Van Halen coked up in a china shop, knocking into both feedback and squeals 'n' squalls with equal abandon. The fact that this record sounds like it was recorded in the basement (some place called the "Bulb Playhouse") only adds to the bloody, raw feel dripping from this vinyl. And the Oneida side, well, it's just as loud and crazy as the Suaves, but more arty, smaller balls, and just not as good. Stick with the six Suaves songs here, and the rest is just noisy gravy. (www.bulb-records.com)


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