23 July 2009

MM Vol 2 - 092 - D4

MM Vol 2 #092



................Genre: Garage Rock...............
Parrrrtttyyy ...art by shebid
Although I found D4's "Party" song at first, a bit fast and extremely vocally loud but you could not help liking it's infectious beat. Considering this was my first introduction to the D4 ... I thought I did pretty well! New Zealand music seems to have this underlying sound to it, whether it be Pop or all the way to Garage Rock and it is hard as hell to define in words. For example, NZ bands like The Bats, The Chills, Split Enz, The Mockers of the old days and even the newbie bands like D4, Datsuns, Goodshirt or Betchadupa, have this odd uniqueness of the same basic generic sound but at all times sounding all completely different to each other.
Put it this way, if every Australian band had a didgeridoo in its line up, you would all know and think to yourself ... ahh that sounds Aussie! Only problem with that theory is, New Zealand does not have a indigenous instrument, not even a washboard made of Kiwi ribcage bones. So what is it? What makes us sound so unique on the world stage? I have no idea [sigh], so please let me know if you have a theory!
Take the Nuggets-era psychedelic garage guitar attack of the Seeds, the Standells, or the Amboy Dukes, add some Stooges proto-metal and early Brit pub-punk from Eddie & the Hot Rods, then turn it up to 11. Welcome to the D4's world. Unkempt, grimy, and noisy as hell, this New Zealand quartet isn't doing anything that hasn't been done before; they're just doing it louder, faster, and with a heart full of soul. These 13 songs (and three videos) encompass all that any lover of '60s garage rock slobbers for. Jackknife guitars spar with nasal, half sung/shouted vocals and a nonstop nothin'-left-to-lose attitude you thought died with the last great Iggy Pop album. The D4 weren't the only band revisiting this raunchy retro sound in 2002, but on 6Twenty they do it as well, if not better, than as anyone else. Not a hint of pretense makes even the most formulaic tunes and lyrics ("Little Baby," "Party," "Come On!") seem inspired if not quite inspirational. Like the Ramones, this is rock meant to sucker punch listeners in their guts, firing on all six cylinders in a volcanic volley of hooky riffs and simplistic choruses you'll swear you've heard before. Hot, sweaty, and frantic, the D4 have learned their lessons well. It ain't nothin' but a party so enjoy it now and think about it later. [The 2002 Australian version is enhanced and has three bonus videos.] ~ [Hal Horowitz, All Music Guide]
For Split Enz see Def 1000 #618, #671
For Datsuns see MM Vol 2 #098
for Goodshirt see MM Vol 2 #096
For Betchadupa see MM Vol 2 #093, #099
For the Stooges see Def 1000 #980
Here is a link to some more good shit about the D4's, also has mp3s! >>>> here
This song has a crowbarred rating of 67.8 out of 108 pts
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