In Praise Of

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Garage punks Heatseekers boast of working hard to separate themselves from the pack of well-known revivalists, but with In Praise Of the Fort Lauderdale-based quartet can't help but fail in their mission. Hell, the band's name reads as if it was nicked off the back of the original Nuggets compilation and by pulling from a genre that dates back 35 years (as of 2003) -- and counts everyone from the Hives to the Strokes) and the Agenda -- their approach seems marginally unique, at best. That's not to say the foursome's raw, energetic attack doesn't yield positive results, however, as "The Strangler" comes off downright fiery and the distortion-happy "Stranded" invites comparisons to the White Stripes. The band's fuzzed out guitar lines and uninhibited tact -- bolstered by the charisma of ringleader Owen von Heatseeker -- serves it well on numbers like "Dear Starlet" and "Brand New Year" -- the latter which was originally done by Stun Gun). Innovative? Nah. Fun? Oh yeah.

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