In 2002, 25 Suaves’ 1938 handed out headaches like roses, and imagined a world ruled by hard rock and shuddering treble. The new I Want it Loud — obviously — is no different, but guitarist/shouter (and Bulb Records mastermind) Pete Larson and his furiously drumming wife Fumi Kawasaki (aka DJ Party Girl) have added ex-Melvins affiliate Dave Sahijdak on bass guitar, making 25 Suaves’ third full-length even more fearsome than the 14,000-foot amplifier leering with four-cone eyes from the front cover. I Want it Loud’s template is made from mid-’70s mudder-rock classics like Bachman Turner Overdrive’s “Not Fragile.” But shots like “Maybe You’re Right,” “Us Against You” and “Let it Burn” add in the weakling-choking rollick of Motörhead, while “Give it Up” and the cheery “You’re Gonna Die” slide sheets of flinty melody between the thrashing, rust-rock slabs. Larson’s lyrics run toward the emphatic, yet limited — “My life is making rock from the underground!” — and the Suaves have few gears beyond “thick” and “stinging.” But I Want it Loud works anyway by relying on old standbys like volume, commitment and a snare drum the size of Greenland. Turn it up, and watch classic rock radio cower behind its Eagles records.
Johnny Loftus writes about music for Metro Times. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.