Made In China Records
The throbbing, ropey guitars creative a sensual vibe to Black Pussy's new album On Blonde. With a deceptive bong hit to start the album's opener, Marijuana, we are treated to some fat guitar riffs with a retro 70s stompin' beat. This is alternative rock with a punk ethos that echoes through the catchy yet repetitive chorus. By the end of the song though it gets a little grating due to the excessive use of the chorus. However, this is a minor point that is quickly washed away by infectious beat and warm distorted guitar lines of Can't Take Anymore. The whole track has a really laidback cool texture and stands as a highlight of the album. It's like as if The Ramones had big afros and platform shoes while writing songs. The multiple vocalists swapping back and forth on the track only serve to enhance the "cool" aspect of the track. Swim is up next and the band lays even further back in their recliners then on the previous song. The wood block strikes instantly have your neck popping while the guitars take an indie rock approach to some Trouble inspired riffs. A monstrous stoner doom riff and pulsing bass guitar storm out of the speakers on Ain't Talkin about Love. The song drops back into some slightly unharmonious vocals and fat bass before ushering back in those menacing doom riffs and bluesy guitar licks. And the cycle repeats. My favorite track is the closer, Indiana. It's a more emotional and barren song relying on some late afternoon fretwork and longing vocals. In some ways it reminds me a bit of the approach Sleater Kinney took on their song Modern Girl. Suffice it to say I am a big fan of Black Pussy's On Blonde album. And if you like Indie rock with some serious retro 70s references then On Blonde will be right up your alley!