Sir Lord Von Raven – Please Throw Me Back in the Ocean

January 01, 1970

(Happy
Parts)

 

www.happypartsrecordings.com

 

The
goofy band name could easily throw you off but this Oakland, California bunch,
led by the wild guitar playing of one Greg Ashley (you know him from Gris
Gris), the vocals of Eric Von Raven (of the Time Flys and the Cuts – who
occasionally sounds like a witch) and the caveman thump of Bronzo on drums and
Josh Miller on bass are the real deal. These guys didn’t decide to do garage
rock because it was the cool thing at the time; no, these guys have studied
their Sonics records and Nuggets comps over and over again because it’s
in their blood (like Russell Quan).

 

Opener
“The Glass Castle” begins like a Brian Jonestown Massacre lost classic but then
rumbles into a full-fledged massacre after the middle break grinds down and it
really starts to swing, which leads right into the jaggedy “I Do!” (some of
Ashley’s best guitar playing is on here) which then slides right into the
mid-tempo scorch of “I Keep on Tryin.”  Later comes a pure frat rock cover
of Fats Domino’s “I’m Ready” and even more brilliance from Ashley on “Take it
or Leave It” (which tosses in  some frenzied MC5-isms).  I honestly
don’t  think there’s a bad song to be found on here and when Von Raven
howls “Maybe I’ll jump in the river, maybe I’ll cut out my liver”  (on “I
Keep on Tryin'”) you have no doubt he absolutely means it.

 

Standout
Tracks
:  “I Keep on Tryin'”, “Take it or Leave It”, “I Do!”, “The
Glass Castle” TIM HINELY

 

 

 

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