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Rock Wars

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Recorded in 1987, this collection of songs is palatable alt-indie-rock, but the ultra lo-fi production will make it most desirable only to die-hard fans. "Die-hard fans of Boy Picture?," you ask. Well, sure, but more likely die-hard fans of earwig, Boy Picture frontman Lizard McGee's later, more accomplished outfit. One of Rock Wars' songs, "She's Scary," appeared again, years later, on Earwig's debut record, Mayfeeder. The 11 songs that make up Rock Wars show where McGee got his start (namely, with the short-lived high-school outfit Boy Picture), with lyrics that are less intriguing than those he offers up with earwig and guitars that show more '80s metal influence than earwig's much more alt-indie approach. Still intact are McGee's gut-wrenching vocals, but they don't hit as hard as they do with newer, stronger lyrics. Rock Wars shows the raw emotional quality that has come to be a Lizard McGee/earwig trademark, and it is an acceptable record on its own, but for those familiar with earwig, it pales in comparison -- which is probably a good thing, as it shows the leaps and bounds by which McGee's talent has grown, and, if possible, will continue to grow.

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