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The Mutts
I Us We You
FatCat Records

Rating: 6.5/10 ?


July 10, 2006
As dogs will do, The Mutts have dug up the bones of classic AOR rock and sniffed to their hearts content the mangy, malevolent asses of feral, garage-land animals like The Stooges, MC5 and The Sonics. And yet as vicious as their guitar-oriented bark is, a good portion of I Us We You doesn't have much of a bite.

After a mild, carefully choreographed "Intro," where a methodical, repeating guitar figure-eight wanders about with disinterested drumming that even Meg White would find too simple, The Mutts unleash the furious fuzzed-out rocker "Dog On Dog." Hitting you full in the face with smashing cymbals, growling bass and razor-sharp guitars, "Dog On Dog" is The Mutts baring their fangs. Their jaws clamp down on "Take Yer Pick." Hands down, "Take Yer Pick," with its wicked, slinky bass groove, cowbell count-off, wild drum bashing and star-spangled guitar boogie, is the mini-album's thrilling highlight, a prime cut of meaty rock n' roll that comes with a hot side of Black Sabbath riffage midway through. A hard act to follow, "Take Yer Pick" is a tasty set-up for the Cramps-style sleaze of "Dead Spit," remarkable mostly for the deep rumbling bass line that hooks you in the gills, not the lip of the mouth. Its The Clash's "Brand New Cadillac" roaring back to life.

Where I Us We You, dies is during the triple-homicide of "C'Mon, Come Up, Come In," "Don't Worry" and "Gutter Glory." Strung up together, the three commit various sins. Sloth drags down the stoner blues workout "Don't Worry," making it feel like Soundgarden with a head cold. Deep-fried in distortion, "C'Mon, Come Up, Come In" is mind-numbingly basic rhythmically and so narrowly focused, it can't deviate from its well-trodden garage-rock path. "Gutter Glory" mixes Queens Of The Stone Age with 50s rockabilly, but though it simmers with primal urges, it never quite reaches the boiling point.

Tough and trashy, with vocals that preen and howl like Lux Interior's ghost - should he ever die - The Mutts are, for the most part, a pleasure to behold, reveling in rock's cathartic powers and its combustable soul. When they're on their game, the rhythm section is a cinder-block busting, sidewinding son-of-a-bitch and the guitar gleams like a newly washed Ford Mustang. Right now, The Mutts need a bit of a tune-up, but the engine is running fine.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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