Mol Triffid

I Wanna See Pretty People Doin' Ugly Things

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A band whose approach to metal-influenced hard rock managed to be both smart and funny at the same time (without forcing their hand in either direction), Mol Triffid's debut 7" sounds like the sort of record you always wished the Melvins could have made -- heavy guitar crunching that also knows how to use its head for something besides a hat rack. "I Wanna See Pretty Peple Doin' Ugly Things" is a well-informed celebration of pornography at its least appetizing, while "Deen Neeb's Metal Effort" manages to make fun of the minor-key downstroke school of thought without denying the pleasures involved. The lyrics are witty, the band is in superb form, and Kurt Serbus wails beautifully. This would have been better as a 12" EP rather than a 45 (the tight-grooved mastering doesn't make the most of the heavy bottom end), but this still captures Mol Triffid's mad genius admirably well. Too bad no one had the presence of mind to cut an album on these guys.

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