Lazarus Dance & The Great Swindle – Doors
It’s really something when weirdos get to find each other. Early punks tell of days when to find another fan of the Stooges you had to walk many miles out in the blistering cold, with only the hope that somewhere along the way, someone with a copy of Funhouse would greet you.
Frankly, starting a band if you’ve found yourself under the spell of Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, smart, professional weirdos is not an easy task. Most people that can play drums and guitars would rather try their hands at metal, garage rock, or something a tad more conservative.
Lazarus Dance & The Great Swindle are from Germany, and they’ve managed to find themselves. They make strange, intelligent rock, that feels more like a dress-rehearsal than a music show. Their idea of a good time, seemingly, is to get their audience on a near psychotic-level where hallucinations and reality coalesce. Their getting awfully close with their single, Doors.
The Diapers – ABC’s And 123’s
It takes remarkable intelligence and vision to be truly stupid in rock. The problem fundamentally is that rock, beyond its dance roots, is stupid, and it can only get worse when you insist on writing boring two-hour concept albums about turnips or start putting on corpse paint and attempt invoking the devil. How can anyone top that?
The Ramones were the cretin wonderkids of punk, what the Beatles would sound like if they were suffering from head trauma, and little has been done to challenge them. But what if we got a band to wear diapers on their heads and come up with titles like ABC’s And 123’s.
Now, that has potential, I hear you say, and you’re right. The Diapers are the kind of punk band that will help you lose good friends and connections and aid you in making bad friends and poor life choices. It’s likely what brought the Diapers here. We are stamping this with our vote of approval.