Saturday, December 20, 2008

Razorcake review

Not sure when this write up was posted but this is our best bad review so far!

This reminds me of the one Didjits album I have, Hornet PiƱata, but every song manages to go on about a minute too long. It’s mostly mid-tempo “rawk” and rolly stuff with a singer that sounds like he’s in a bar band. Oh, and all but one of the twelve songs on this is about getting high. The odd song out is called “Shooting Spree,” and I believe it’s about a shooting spree. Other “hit” titles include “Stone Gett-off,” “I Live to Get High,” and “Hooked on Drugs.” The joke gets very old somewhere around the start of the second song. I like drugged-out punk when it’s pulled off right, i.e. the Dwarve’s Blood, Guts, and Pussy, but where that band sounds like genuine meth-addled sex fiends who got a hold of instruments, Mighty High basically sounds like a classic rock cover band who decided to take their cues on what was cool from a couple of fourteen-year-old stoners with leather jackets and a Steve Miller fixation. I do like the R. Crumb-inspired cover art though. –Adrian

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Heavy Metal Time Machine review

I remember as a teenager being careful with the volume level on my stereo as I listened to something like "Sweet leaf". I was afraid my mom would freak if she caught me listening to it. My mother was one of those people that thought the lyrics of rock music would lead to no good and I would be on the downward spiral to some sort of hell. Maybe she was right, but bands are still singing about the same topics that they have combing over for the last few decades. Obviously this band isn't shy about their topics as the moniker and album title broadcast that this will be ode to drugs. It's all fun though as Mighty High take us on a spirited ride through their hazy, smoke-covered little world. They remind me of mid-late 1980's crossover similar to post 1986 Gang Green mixed with some early 70's classic rock. I think the cover and band name had me expecting them to be more like stoner rock. They are not though because instead of laying back and taking it slow they plow forth with a relentless assault. So this band forgoes any gloss as carve out jagged chunks of music mixing it metal, punk and more. It's an enjoyable romp though because Mighty High never get bogged down in trying to do or be too much. They have an agenda and they get in and get out while giving just enough to have us hooked. Not an album that I could listen to all the time because it's nothing do, but it's a fine effort that I could certainly play on occasion.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

12/6/08 - Trash Bar

Another excellent show at Trash in Brooklyn Saturday 12/6/08. This is the only time we ever played a show where all 5 bands kicked ass. Do yourself a favor and check them all out.

08PM Whooping Crane
09PM Pigs
10PM Mighty High
11PM The Brought Low
12AM The Scrooges

Mighty High set list: Shooting Spree; The Ram; Stone Gett-Off; Drug City; Buy The Pound; Drug War; Don’t Panic; I Live To Get High; Ramblin Rose; Kick Out The Jams.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense review

My copy of In Drug City came with an interesting promo item - a combination lighter/bottle opener emblazoned with the Mighty High logo. There was a note from guitarist Woody High saying, "I know you're straightedge, but the bottle opener works for soda and the lighter for fireworks." That same sentiment applies to Mighty High's music.

Too punk for metal and too metal for punk, Mighty High revives the other late 80s punk/metal crossover scene than spawned the likes of Gang Green and SNFU and they also draw on the wild, inebriated humor of Adrenalin OD. Abandoning precision for raucousness and cleverness for insobriety, the band has a broader appeal than expected, because they're high on one drug everyone likes - fun. Not ones to be bogged down by politics or philosophy, Mighty High exudes a sense of good times that is easy to relate to even if their particular brand of fun isn't up your alley (and it is anything but up mine). Oddly enough, they spend a lot of time focusing on pot, but aside from a few more stoner rock-oriented tracks, their music more closely approximates what I suspect speed is like. It's frenetic and relentless and never stops to think.

I guess In Drug City just shows how music crosses barriers. The album is up to its ears in drug-addled silliness, yet drugs aren't needed to appreciate what makes it such a good time. Remember though kids, don't try this at home!