Doctor Bison

Make Me Yours

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"Make Me Yours" falls a leetle beet short of the self-titled debut CD EP. Ex-Leatherface guitarist Dickie Hammond still has that sound, and his new band with ex-members of the Abs is still clicking, but this time singer/guitarist Baz Oldfield's songwriting isn't quite up to the standard set on the EP's gut-ripping "A Place for Us." The good news is that the flip "Ocean of Dreams" is the clear choice for the A-side (and you can pretend it is, since it's not like U.S. radio has ever played "Make Me Yours"!), with Hammond ripping off his leads like the love-child of the Ruts' Paul Fox and the Effigies' Earl Letiecq, and drummer the Reverend pounding out the 16th-note snare rolls with precision and gusto. And again, if he's no (Leatherface's) Frankie Stubbs (few could be, outside of Lemmy of Motörhead if he wasn't a metalhead), Oldfield's snarling but melodic delivery is still "the goods." Get the EP first (same label), then hunt this down. Lacking a truly with-it store, you'll probably need a private detective; try writing the label.