The Psyatics - Famous Monsters

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The Psyatics may be a garage band, but their album Famous Monsters certainly doesn't sound like it was tracked in a messy old garage. Granted, this is guitar rock, in its most basic and best form. However, this collection of songs never obscures singer Rob Bell's vocals. And while guitar is the primary instrumental focus, Gene Howely can be heard howling with his saxophone during "You Killed Me First"

Las Vegas, where this act is from, isn't known for its punkish garage rock exports, but perhaps The Psyatics will change all that. This is a strong album. It mainly features original compositions, although the group notably covers Velvet Underground's "I Can't Stand It" and The Drags' "I Like to Die."

The album's title track is all about famous (or is that 'infamous'?) serial killers, and many of these songs have a morbid vibe running through them. But then again, The Cramps - a great band they oftentimes get compared to - had a similar obsession with death. In fact, back in the day The Cramps were as beloved by Goths as they were admired by rockabilly and roots rock fans. And hopefully, The Psyatics can grow a similarly diverse audience. They deserve it.

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The Psyatics - Famous Monsters
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