Albums Of The Year So Far (pt.1): Featuring Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mighty High, Mid-day Veil, First Aid Kit and more…
3. Mighty High – Legalize Tre Bags (Ripple Music)
I should mention that I’m not only including this one for the slabbage contained within, but for the presentation, as well. The squirmy artwork by Wayne ‘Braino’ Bjerke is top-dollar, redolent of Basil Wolverton’s early 70s Plop! comics covers (obscure, I know, but hit up Google for instant enlightenment), and the (gatefold) vinyl edition comes with a bitchin’ poster and puke-green wax. Righteous!
Oh, and the tunes. Well, this is the second album from these tight bros from Brooklyn, and essentially it sounds like The Rods with rabies. Double-clutching scuzz-punk, dirty-denim street metal, and, you know, lotsa ‘motherfuckers’ on top.
The clear hit is the opener, I Don’t Wanna Listen To Yes, for obvious reasons (ie. who does?) but I’m particularly enamored with their doom-dirge closer, High On The Cross, which basically sounds like what might have happened if you dosed the All Saved Freak Band with that bad brown acid.
You know, the reason you can’t find used Cactus albums at the record store is because Cactus fans partied so heavy, they inevitably killed the vinyl with beer and puke. Same thing’s gonna happen with these guys. So buy two copies, because you’re gonna need a back-up.