Zip Code Rapists

94124 E.P.

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Judging from the band's name, you know that the 94124 EP will not be your run-of-the-mill, ordinary listen. The group's roots lay in the band Zip Code Revue, where songwriters John Singer and Gregg Turkington first collaborated. After Singer ditched the rest of the band, he and Turkington set out to write compositions and perform concerts that would be an all-out assault on their audiences' senses and stamina. For example, the nonsensical "Ranch Style Beans" is a punk rock rant which includes confessional lyrics -- the singer is in desperate need of some beans, yet manages to declare that everyone is queer in the process. "Zip Code Gentlemen" is the album's best track, with its funky music and sleazy vocals/lyrics complementing each other perfectly (included is an original version and a similar remix/filler version). The Zip Code Rapists' live experience is captured here on a ramshackle cover of the Doors' "Riders On the Storm" with a new set of lyrics. Like the Stooges, Dead Boys, and Suicide before them, Zip Code Rapists turn out to be proud carriers of the confrontational-rock torch. Proceed with extreme caution.

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