US punk n roll band The Amputees first came to our notice with their excellent contribution to the We Love Trash compilation album from Garage Punk Hideout, with their growling middle finger up slice of feistiness Ted. September 1st sees the release of the debut EP from the band Commence The Slaughter, an EP which sees more of the same eagerly given as well as other unexpected pleasures. Raw and mischievous, it teases and antagonises with equal relish to leave one quite spoilt.
The band has members from several states and consists of Louis Ramos (vocalist/guitarist) who is based in Harlem, Gary Young (guitar) from the Bronx, Kaleen Reading (drums/guitar) from New Jersey, Carrie Ramos (tambourine/vocals) from Long Island, and Geena Spigarelli (bassist/vocals) out of Texas. Also in the band there is half Brit half Ecuadorian Nova Luz (vocals/guitar/bass) and Juliet Eldred (guitar/bass) to make for a multi flavoured energised unit.
The EP consists of four songs which offer a diverse canvas of ideas and sounds to enjoy. The title track is a dirty garage rock n roll scowl upon the ear, its combative punk rock breath lined with a melodic discord which makes it as infectious as it is belligerent. Far too brief to give a slightly moan, the song is a grizzled joy to rile up the senses.
Beater is a similar attitude loaded track with an in your face stance within a storm of electrified energy. Ramos growls with perfect spite whilst the female vocals behind liven up the air with an added wickedness. A punk song of the highest order it makes a strong claim as best song on the release.
It is closely challenged though by the excellent fiery rock crawl of Devil With The Red Dress. The song swaggers with lust and wanton urges whilst its melodies lick their lips with insatiable eagerness. The song shows the full diversity in the band and their rock based sound, its scorched energy incendiary and a completely different variant to the punk which infused other songs. It is impossible to tell you who actually contributes what on each song apart from Ramos, but simply the band is a collective of musicians able to equally bring quality to songs, and this song yet another example of invention and raw rock music at its best.
The fourth song to complete the release is Lunch, a strange and to be honest still hard to get a handle on song in relation to the other tracks. It is a subdued almost folk shadowed dark song with just female vocals and a hollow sound, slightly Pixies like if a comparison is sought. Though it does not really fit with the other tracks it is intriguing and offers again a variety to the music of The Amputees which only ignites interest.
Commence The Slaughter is an excellent debut from an exciting emerging band. If garage rock, punk, and unwashed rock is your type of joy than The Amputees could just be your new best friends.
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