City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

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Remember – if you send it, it will get reviewed. That’s the City Slang promise. It doesn’t matter what genre the music is – as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, it’ll get in. Preferably, we’d like to concentrate on new releases but, while we’re getting warmed up here, feel free to send back catalog material too. Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, City Slang, Metro Times, 733, St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to mt.cityslang@gmail.com.

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Moaning Dwarf has the best band name of the week, and its Coral Reef Orgy (Radar Media) CD features some of the most inventive, experimental and unique noises since Destroy All Monsters mk.1, or at least Monster Island. This album was put out in 2009, but the band is sending it out again as a preview to the forthcoming Adam’s Grizzly Disco album. Judging by the oddity that is this, that’ll be well worth a listen.

Stickyfut’s self-titled and self-released six-track EP has a very alt-rock ‘90s sound, like Portishead conversing with the Jesus and Mary Chain while the Pixies butt in. It’s horribly produced, but that adds to the charm. The potential is obvious and, while this CD won’t make them blow up, it’s the first step on what should be a fun-filled ladder.

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Nightbringer are absolutely stunning. The band plays ferocious hardcore in the classic Detroit Negative Approach / Necros way. No compromise, no bullshit, just pissed musicians venting on vinyl. They sent us three 7” singles this week. The older two of 31st and Michigan (Deer Healer) and Nightbringer (High Anxiety) are fantastic, but the new Fight Like Hell is the real gem. The title track fucking slays, and the three covers on the b-side (including an instrumental version of the Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind” and a killer cut of the Necros’ “Face Forward” are spectacular.

The Shy sent us the band’s third single, released in 1985. We recently reviewed their latest CD and said that they are “devoid of Detroit grit”, which is true although this single shows some new wave swagger in a Romantics sort of way, although far more polished. Not bad though.

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