BY DANNY R. PHILLIPS
I was given this record by none other than L. Ron Drunkard of Kansas City based punks Red Kate. After Red Kate’s show at The Rendezvous in St. Joseph, MO, L. Ron slipped me a copy with the reassurance that my liking of Wick & The Tricks was virtually guaranteed. Guaranteed?
When I am given a guarantee of anything, my natural response is to instantly doubt them. Cynicism runs deep in me so, as I put the needle down on Wick & the Tricks’ 7-inch EP, Not Enough (Black Site), I was positive that I would not be blown away. I could not have been more wrong. The four songs that make up Not Enough show a band fully steeped in rock ‘n’ roll, glam and southern California early ‘80s punk rock. The sounds blasting through the late 1970s speakers in my living room, came on like a tidal wave. The drums of JoJo Tornado are rapid fire, the voice of Wick Trick is angry but telling, spitting words with a fury and determination unseen today, while the blistering guitar of Chris Stallion, coupled with Jane Asylum’s raunchy bottom end is the icing on the fucking cake.
“Yr so Bad” opens the festivities like a kick in the teeth. Johnny Thunders influenced riff drives the tune that is as catchy, glamorous or in your face as anything ever cranked out by ‘70s giants T. Rex.
“Kansas City Bang Bang” is aggressive punk rock at its sleaziest while “Tough As Nails” sounds like Marilyn Manson in the middle of an orgy with the members of X and Fear.
Over just four songs, Wick & the Tricks have gotten my attention. While some of their influences may be easy to put a finger on (The Ramones, Slade, Iggy and The Stooges, the aforementioned T. Rex), there is something lying within the grooves that I can’t quite put in place. Maybe it is something hidden, something that will be sussed out, to be polished, something to be revealed when there is a full album to spin.
Until then, Wick and the Tricks’ Not Enough is just that: not enough.
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