HAZY FUZZY BUZZY
LP / CD / DL
French swamp-garage trio add their debut album to the fast-growing underground rock ‘n’ roll scene coming out of the country, and show that they are yet another band ready to make their mark.
The young French Trio, The Silly Walks, have released their debut album and pack in ten songs of pure garage. They call it ‘swamp garage’ and the definition fits like a glove as, right from the opening song, My Thing, a battle of distortion ensues between the guitar, bass, and even the vocals. It’s all propped up and propelled along by riotously rhythmic drums that pull the chaos together. It’s a style that they employ very well throughout the album.
It’s easy to discern the influence of The Cramps in the spirit of The Silly Walks (and is undeniable in the song Die Anna), along with touches of Tav Falco’s Panther Burns in their sound. It’s great to hear an updated garage sound that pulls at this thread. The songs are often dense in sound, but at the same time full of tongue-in-cheek fun. They occasionally drop in a more terror-induced groove, such as on Zombie Love and Yours, which suddenly rise up into dancey rhythms that not even the wall of distortion can hide. Songs like Tell Me skirt close to the delirium of early-Hives, with tight rhythms that spit out energy. Ethylic Night Out, with its surf rock ‘n’ roll, is a highlight that will shake any living soul to their bones.
There’s certainly a growing garage and rock ‘n’ roll scene in France right now, and The Silly Walks, with this debut album, have made it clear that they will definitely be ones to watch. It’s an album that calls to mind the sounds of garage’s long history, while also piling on pounds of originality.
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All words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.