Sugar Shack

Five Weeks Ahead of My Time

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Five Weeks Ahead of My Time, Sugar Shack's third album, is lousy with pent-up potential and a blasé desperation that makes it all the more compelling. Recorded in Austin, TX, with the Lord High Fixers' Stefanie Paige Friedman adding bulk on drums, Five Weeks may be the loud and fast Houston quintet's most crisply delivered outing -- which isn't saying all that much. Guitarist/songwriter Andy Wright offers a fairly remedial take on the punk idiom, and lead singer Mark Lochridge has a tendency to yell himself dizzy. But the caustic combination of foul humor and misspent energy on tracks such as "Thee Crusaders," "In the Chump Zone," and "All Night Stand" is as flammable as a 1975 Pinto.

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