The Bikini Bottoms Minster Love
The Bikini Bottoms – Monster Love

Mental Records

Streaming from 23rd April

Monster Love is the first single to be released from the new incarnation of The Bikini Bottoms.

Things changed for many bands over the last 12 months. None more so than for this band, the duo became a one piece when drummer Evan moved on to pastures new. Then remaining member Jack moved from Glasgow for a new life in London. Not one to stand still for long, he hasn’t wasted any time and despite the pandemic has since managed to recruit not one but two new members. Welcome Robbie Kuhn on drums and Guido Margesson King on stand up bass slapping duty.

All round this feels like a great move. It wouldn’t have seemed right just to replace Evan and continue from where they left off. This is like a brand new start, a new evolution if you like…

A New Evolution…

A new creature has crawled out from the primordial black lagoon and it is a three-headed beast. Frankenstein has been at work and has created a behemoth of a six legged groove machine. Monster Love is quite simply a monster of a tune. A real deep down and dirty psychobilly rumble. From the off, Guido’s bass comes to the fore in classic pizzicato style, followed quickly by Robbie providing a solid snare backbeat with some nifty fills. Then of course there is Jack with his virtuoso rockabilly style guitars and rabble rousing vocal, full of spooky intonations and cackles suiting this miscreant love song down to a t. Monsters need love too.

I for one cannot wait to hear more from this new three piece, and to see them tear it up live. Bring it on.

Stream from Friday on your chosen steaming platform.

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All words by Neil Hodge. More writing by Neil on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Neil online at his blog thegingerquiff.

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