THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX – “The Local Fuzz” (Teepee Records / Impedance)

Posted: May 14, 2011 in Album Review
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Back when I was growing up in the 80’s the longest song that I could remember hearing was not In A Gadda Da Vida by Iron Butterfly, nor was it Don McLean’s American Pie (that is one painful song… and if I never hear it again, it would still be too soon). Nope, it was in fact Venom’s At War With Satan; a collection of badly played riffs and even worse lyrics clocking in at around 20 minutes. Still, it was awesome. So awesome that I actually own 3 different versions of it. True story.

With the introduction of the CD, song lengths tended to go completely out the window as now we had this new medium which allowed us to have up to 80 minutes of uninterrupted music. Wowzers! Back in the 90’s, I bought an album by Melbourne band, Velvet Hammer, titled Taedium Vitae. The last track was a 30 minute track called Ity. A tune that after about 5 and a half minutes becomes less of a punk thrash metal attack and more of a stoned hippie’s soundtrack to bong hits. Wig out, dude!

The band Sleep decided to better this by releasing an hour long opus titled Dopersmoker. Now, that’s all good and well on CD but on vinyl, changing the sides every 16 – 18 minutes probably became every stoners nightmare (as I am sure once wasted, flipping a record over may become a tad confusing).

But I digress… the reason for all this hoopla is cos The Atomic Bitchwax’s latest release, The Local Fuzz, clocks in at just over 42 minutes. It’s riff after riff after motherfucking riff… and then more riffs… and just when you think there surely couldn’t be more riffs, out come some more. It’s quite impressive. It’s bluesy, funky, 70’s inspired psychedelic rock n roll filled with shitloads of solos and a great rhythm section. At around the 23 minute mark, the song does sound as though it has hit its second half, which, also starts off reminding me of Metallica’s Orion. Yeah, that’ll be welcomed. (Yes, that’s sarcasm)

As the song cruises along, it manages to remain interesting and cool and could easily be listened to in 1 sitting, even if your attention span is that of a boring wastoid whose main interest in life is reading High Times, watching re-runs of the Simpsons and talking nothing but drugs and how wasted you get.

Now, while this kind of instrumental wankery isn’t for everyone, I really digged it. I am sure it’s not something the band could perform live with ease but it does make for great listening while cranked loudly doing stuff. Whether that stuff is cleaning up around the house, shaggin’ your partner, or just kickin’ back, it’s still going to get you movin’ and groovin’. A great album where I wasn’t finding myself wishing I could get all that time back. Kickin’ tune!

Check out a sample of it here:

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