Hog Molly

Kung-Fu Cocktail Grip

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Although leavened generously by Tad Doyle's innate sense and command of melody, and -- whether he'd admit to it or not -- pop songwriting, Hog Molly's debut album is a bone-crunching affair of bulldozing guitars, a walloping rhythm section, and Tad's unceremonious Leatherface-as-frontman vocals. Having fronted Seattle's famed grunge forerunners -- and Sub Pop stalwarts -- Tad, Doyle is quite a decorated veteran, having issued numerous albums on indie labels and majors. Kung-Fu Cocktail Grip not only boasts a great, peculiar name, but it's a testament that massively heavy rock, propelled by cranked Marshall's and pummeling drums, ain't dead, as the pundits had claimed.

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