See My Friends
Rating: 7.5 tasty piles of lemon trout out of 10
I’m not sure what prompted me to downloaded this HoneyBucket album more – the ridiculous cover art or that their name is a euphemism for a portable shitter. Either way, I’m always looking for new music that I don’t forget about 15 minutes after hearing it, and this Portland band is currently doing the trick. The music reminds of a weird crossroads between the Clean (the early years) and Devo, jangly and angular and thin in the right sort of way. The vocals, which are mostly spoken rather than sung, seem clearly influenced by the Modern Lovers and early Jonathan Richman, or maybe even a non-jokey Dead Milkmen. The press release I found online from their label made some mention of Captain Beefheart, and I can see where the comparison might come from, but this album is way too catchy and listenable to be compared to that band I’ve tried (and failed) to listen to more times than I can count. I enjoyed this so much I ordered the record – see, downloading random bands from the internet just because they have a funny name does pay off!