Raft of Dead Monkeys may take their name from a Saturday Night Live skit with Adam Sandler, but by no means are this Seattle four-piece's members your typical Sandler fans. These ex-Ninety Pound Wuss and Roadside Monument members take textured indie rock to a new level and then some. With Doug Lorig's flexible, yet unwavering vocals and Jeff Suffering's direct and confronting tone changing up on the singing end of things, Raft of Dead Monkeys hits hard, but also knows how to fall back when they want to. Not that they do so in a manner as Roadside Monument was known for, rather they do so by saying, "our frontal attack of amazing guitar work won't crush you on this song, but perhaps the next one. So don't mess with us." Lorig's guitar work is amazing, and just might be better than his work from Roadside Monument. Musically, Raft of Dead Monkeys could be seen akin to Q and Not U, MC5, or the Stooges, while taking heavy influence from classic rock and indie rock. These guys tend to harken back to a revised standard of classic garage rock that's geared toward the cultured, indie rock fan of today. With Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Botch, Blood Brothers, Waxwing) behind the production, everything comes together nicely on Thoroughlev.
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AllMusic Review by Kurt Morris