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Peanut Butter and Jelly - Live at the Ginger Minge
Narnack Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

January 30, 2005
A few years ago, I was a carnie working the Ring Toss. I'd hand kids their rings - 5 for a buck. I'd do this all night. But once, I gave a little girl her rings and she screamed bloody murder. I looked behind me to see what all the commotion was about, and instead of seeing the usual pegs, people were throwing rings onto human heads! Ahhhhhh!

Okay, not really, but my point is, if there were a Carnival of Death, I'd get the Coachwhips to play the main stage as headliners - going on right after the bearded lady.

The group plays spastic, frenetic - maybe even a little psychotic - garage rock, accented with keyboards that make it sound playful in that haunted house organ kind of way. Inspired by the Misfits' penchant for a good dose of carnage in your rock and roll, songs like "Body and Brains" put the fun in funeral. Sometimes I don't know whether to dance hysterically or cry for Mom.

While it's not all like that horror rock lyrical darkness, even Coachwhips elicit a similar reaction: either you'll go nuts for this or run screaming from it. Taking hints from those that came before them like the Skabs or The Stooges (on even more drugs), the groups spends the entirety of Peanut Butter and Jelly Live at the Ginger Minge (which is not indeed a live album) in a fuzzed-out flurry of brief, speedy songs.

Only once do the Coachwhips really slow down the tempo: on the fitting closer, "Your Party Will Be a Success". The song's no more accessible than their previous fright fests, but the slower tempo allows band and listener to survey the damage of the past 20 or so minutes. By that point, it's altogether necessary, because Coachwhips play songs that leave a trail of destruction in their wake.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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