by J.D. Reager
"Slit Wrist Rock 'n' Roll" 7"
Jackson, MS garage-punk favorites the Overnight Lows deliver the goods once again with their second release for the increasingly influential local indie imprint Goner Records. The A-side is classic Overnight Lows - a fast and furious original punk rock gem with a memorable pop hook and loads of sneer. And the B-side is a faithful cover of the 1978 underground American punk cult-classic "I'm Gonna Be Everything" by Ed Nasty & the Dopeds.
True Sons of Thunder/Wizzard Sleeve
"Butt Bong"/"Setting Fire To Your Loft" split 7"
Full disclosure - True Sons of Thunder is one of, if not my favorite, local bands. In a town where so many acts tend to take themselves a bit too seriously, these free-form punk auteurs bring a refreshing air of spontaneity, and, dare I say it, fun, to the local music scene. But that said, their side of this split single, which incidentally is the group's first official release, doesn't quite fully capture the complete TSOT experience. Frontman Sir Richard Waddingham's inspired rant is buried beneath the band's trademark wall-of-sound fury past the point of inaudibility, which more than somewhat detracts from the overall experience. Still, the TSOT cut manages to be more engaging than the seemingly phoned-in B-side from Mobile, AL synth/noise enthusiasts Wizzard Sleeve.
Cory Taylor Cox/Dubb Nubb
The Shiny Mountain Split 7"
Both artists on this split E.P. - the Oxford, MS singer-songwriter Cox, and St. Louis, MO-based group Dubb Nubb - trade in lo-fi indie-pop reminiscent of early Of Montreal and the Moldy Peaches. Each side features one original song by each respective artist, plus a cover song from the other artist's catalog. Cox, in particular, succeeds greatly in interpreting Dubb Nubb's "Feels Like Coming Home" into a power-pop anthem on his side.