Sunday, June 7, 2009

Barreracudas pay homage to the classics

Artist: The Barreracudas
Title: New York Honeys
Label: Douchemaster Records
Release date: April 28, 2009
Vinyl color: The first 100 were on blue vinyl

The new Hiss' new direction involves taking an old approach to rock and roll, as evidenced by these two back-to-basics tunes recently released by Douchemaster.

Adrian Barrera, the band's namesake, and the rest of the final Hiss lineup teamed up to crank out songs that sound more like classic bands from the early 70's like The New York Dolls and Hollywood Brats than better-known Hiss tunes like "Triumph."

The title track, "New York Honeys," is a song with Johnny Thunders riffs played at punk speed and, based on a recent interview with Creative Loafing, lyrics about hip-hop inspired porn magazines.

The flipside, "Don't Get Me Wrong," is about misunderstood intentions. These songs about real-life fascinations and emotions are part of the new approach for a band that once wrote psychedelic, surrealistic lyrics.

The Barreracudas' current roster includes the before-mentioned last Hiss lineup and Barrera's Gentleman Jesse cohort, Warren Bailey, reprising his familiar role as a guitarist.

Even if The Hiss were not your thing, The Barreracudas deserve a listen.

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