Grafton

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The redneck-infused indie rock of Grafton's eponymous debut is replaced by a more beefy rawk sound which lies somewhere between the retro-garage trend that swept in at the turn of the millennium, the Stonehenge rock that preceded Grafton's existence by only a few years (vocalist Lou Poster sounds like a strapping young Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet fame), and Mudhoney's more primal back catalog, yet retaining vestiges of the Bassholes-inspired f*cked-uptitude that the band did exclusively as a duo even before the debut.

Making the disc work are the absolutely huge guitar riffs of Poster. Every song, even the relatively down-tuned AC/DC-boogie of "Sumbitch" and the grinding "Slowpoke," which lives up to its name by moving along at approximately the speed of dirt, is led by a bombastic riff of Spinal Tap-ish going-to-11 proportions, 'cept Grafton ain't kidding.

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