Recalling the time of black light posters and resin stained 8-tracks, BoyJazz
kick arena rock for the indie kids, roaring through town in their airbrushed van while Ace Frehley
give them the big thumbs up. Although they've morphed into a real band since its recording, In the City Tonight
was recorded by the duo Sexmouth (Adam Hobbs) and Supertouch
) with only a drum machine behind them. This severely compressed recording will only light up a couple bands on your graphic equalizer, but what BoyJazz
do with all these limitations is what makes them great. Out of control, mega-macho tracks like "Potfinger" and "Lookin for You" sound positively buzzsaw, while boogie-based and shamelessly misogynistic tracks like "Tuff Luv" and "Dual Cat Action" come off as extra sinister, extra ridiculous. Speaking of ridiculous, "Stank on the Halo" chugs like the trippiest Black Sabbath
, bringing the lava lamp to a boil with lines like "Your father's a mother/And she's up to no good/My hammer of love/Is falling upon you" or "The east is the west/And the west is just fiction." Like Andrew W.K.
's album I Get Wet
, In the City Tonight
is a limited listen, but when it's time to party and tear stuff up, it's just what the doctor ordered.