January 29, 2003
Arts and Entertainment
Crack: We Are Rock
Silent Fantasy (Tigerbeat6)
On Crack: We Are Rock's first official CD release, the San Francisco foursome unleash an art-damaged death-disco that's as likely to increase your heart rate as it is to stop it completely. A follow-up to their "Live in Africa" 7-inch and split 12-inch with Ann Arbor, Mich., noize boyz Wolf Eyes, the six-song Silent Fantasy features King Riff and Obscuratron banging out a glitch-bitches' brew of postapocalyptic chaos while vocalists Le Kim and L'Erin chant like witches in an electropunk coven. Including infinitely catchy live staple "Hooker Leg," "The Sabbath," and a fucked-up cover of Foreigner's "Cold as Ice," among others, the EP may only be 22 minutes, but it's the longest devil dance you'll do all winter.
Longtime listeners may be disappointed that half of the material on Silent Fantasy has been available free, in MP3 format at C:WAR's Web site (www.crackcave.com), but the $8 EP is worth picking up if only for the previously unreleased "Sailor." A gothic tale of high seas horror, the song gives a bloodbath a sickly sinister sex appeal: "Come down below, isn't that what you said?" the ladies taunt with deceptively sugar-sweet come-hithers from beyond the grave. "The candles are lit / You look like you're dead." Le Kim and L'Erin sound deader, though, which is exactly why Silent Fantasy proves C:WAR to be one of the Bay Area's best rock creep-outs. (Jimmy Draper)
This homemade little number is a meaty, trippy, and wonderfully blown-out collection of five loosey-goosey four-track jams, courtesy of Anthony Petrovic, better known round these parts as the primary force behind name-your-genre rock band Gay Barbarians. Every song on Hey Kids I'm a One Man Band is built around a totally excellent guitar riff, with drums that make you wonder how the hell it gets done live.
Otherwise what we have is true lo-fi, in the spirit of the earliest Pavement but with, if you'll pardon my vulgarity, way more sack and no cleverness at all, which is what saves it from becoming indie rock. In fact E-Zee Tiger has more to do with crazy fucker John Schooley, who did that bashed-out cover of "Rock and Roll Hootchie Coo" on a Goner 7-inch way back in 1997, and Mark Perretta of Deluxx, a guitarist who loves ZZ Top and wears a headband to prove it, than with Pavement, so forget I even said that. The point is, if you like to sing along to feedback and can't live without a melody, E-Zee Tiger is the sort of greasy meal you can sink your post-fi teeth into. There's even some scratching on there for dance purposes. E-Zee Tiger plays Jan. 30, Hemlock Tavern, S.F. (415) 923-0923. (Mike McGuirk)