Was Ever Being So Born to Calamity?

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Extremes collide. The guitar on the A-side, "The Moron the Merrier," is jangly and polite, leading you to think old-style post-R.E.M. indie pop -- that is, until the rhythm section comes barging in post-punk style, hard and full. And just to throw you another curve, the singer of this Kansas City group then chips in a voice that's raspy and hoarse like a werewolf, but with a discernible melodic edge in his throaty growls (like Jake Burns singing "too many Johnny's" at the end of SLF's cover of Bob Marley's "Johnny Was"). With this mixture of smacking, heavy sound with more happy elements and blood-curdling vocals, Uncrush is a strange, crazy, crashing curiosity. The B-side, "There's a Roof in the Leak," meanders aimlessly for no purpose, but the A-side is a keeper. (1223 Wilshire Blvd. #173, Santa Monica, CA 90403)