Last week, Columbus, Ohio’s kings of garage-punk, New Bomb Turks, released the twentieth anniversary edition of their oh-so-excellent debut long-player, !!Destroy-Oh-Boy!! in a deluxe gatefold edition on Crypt Records. We got pretty excited about it, loving as we do both the Turks and Crypt. The band’s been playing a few shows to celebrate the reissue, so we took the opportunity to speak with the New Bomb Turks’ frontman, Eric Davidson, about the album, the band’s relationship with Crypt, and his new band, Livids.
When you hear that Eric Davidson from the New Bomb Turks has a new band, along with a slew of singles you get excited. Such was the news regarding Livids and one of their first releases, the (Some of Us Have) Adrenalized Hearts EP for Oops Baby Records. The press release describes it as a recording which was “banged out.”
Sadly, it seems like that’s less hyperbole, and more a statement meant to keep you from getting your hopes up. The songs are good, if a bit rough, but the recording is more like a really good demo than a proper release. Your initial impulse on listening is that you’d like to pogo around the stereo, but nothing sounds strong enough to really rock you solidly.
Unsurprisingly, this entire LP plays at 45 rpm. Frankly, the only thing that would make more sense were it to be a 78. We loved that last release from The Shirks. Their “Cry Cry Cry” single was a monster, but this self-titled LP is pure pedal to the floor rock ‘n’ roll. The whole thing is fuzzed-out, blown-speaker fury, and it is an intense ride.
Thankfully, it’s also a short ride — the Shirks’ style of rock ‘n’ roll, played as it is at 500 miles an hour, can seem like you’re riding shotgun with a madman at the wheel. It’s exciting, it’s exhilarating, and it makes you feel more alive than you thought possible, but you’re ready for a cup of tea and a lie-down when it’s all over.