Beehive & the Barracudas

Plastic Soul With the White Apes

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The second album by the tongue-in-cheek garage rockers Beehive and the Barracudas -- nothing to do with the '80s U.K. psych-poppers the Barracudas, of course -- is a playful but not jokey blend of new wave, '60s garage rock, and DIY punk. Recorded, as before, with an ever-changing lineup culled from the San Diego punk revival scene based around bassist/guitarist Kerry Davis (Red Aunts) and organist Dustin Milsap (Rocket From the Crypt), Plastic Soul With the White Apes has a loose, party-in-the-studio feel that owes much more to old Kingsmen and Sonics records than to the likes of the White Stripes, but it's admirably non-retro in its feel. The 14 tracks are short, sharp, feedback-laden shocks, with titles like "Are You Queer?" (which actually does sound a little bit like the White Stripes, if they ever covered an early Wire song), and "Preteen Sexfiend" (which has the thrumming post-punk drive of an early Mekons or Fall song), and the bare-bones production largely works in their favor. It ain't pretty, and it's only occasionally "catchy," as that term is usually understood, but it works.

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