Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Muslims - The Muslims (LP, 1928 Recordings)

My solemn apologies to all the dedicated readers of this blog (by "all", I mean "both"). The last 6 months or so have been a whirlwind of activity and I have been unable to update this blog due to a lack of time (not a lack of good vinyl, I might add). Consider me duly chastised, I will try to be more regular henceforth.

The Muslims, despite a politically incorrect name, will appeal to fans of the Strokes, Modern Lovers, the Stooges and Velvet Underground. They play a catchy, upbeat rock and roll with a simple instrumental line and effortlessly catchy vocals.

These guys are not just another derivative garage rock schtick, they clearly are here for a purpose. As they state in "Future Rock", "Everybody's talkin' 'bout rock and roll...don't let it go to your head, that's all".

Recently renamed The Soft Pack, their debut 7-track LP comes in a silk screened sleeve that were shot with a .22 calibre. The inserts are hand typed, and they have included a CD version of the album with 3 bonus tracks. Frankly, they should have shot the CD with a .22 calibre, that would have been way cooler.

Unfortunately, "Extinction" (one of their best tracks), is available only on the bonus CD. Fear not, the remastered version of the debut comes with all 10 tracks on vinyl. And yes, they're still shooting the covers with that .22.

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