SUN CITY GIRLS – Eye Mohini: Sun City Girls Singles Vol. 3

Album: Eye Mohini: Sun City Girls Singles Vol. 3

Artist: Sun City Girls

Label: Abduction

Release Date: March 19, 2013

Sun City Girls April 29

BY RON HART

 There’s nothing more heartbreaking than falling out of love with your heroes.

 And after a near quarter-century appreciation for all things Mike Patton, my need to purchase every noise he makes out of his magic microphone has waned considerably, evident in the flat affect on my face upon first listen to the long-awaited fourth album by the singer’s celebrated post-metal supergroup Tomahawk earlier this year.

 At first I thought it was a symptom of aging: have I outgrown Mike Patton? Most likely so; I’ve been listening to the guy since he joined Faith No More and quickly became a Mr. Bungle convert upon my discovery of the Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny cassette at the local Tower Records shortly thereafter. But it seems like the only stuff I can stomach from him lately is his stunning soundtrack work like his score for the Bradley Cooper/Ryan Gosling indie drama The Place Beyond the Pines.

 If there is one thing I can attribute to my waning of Mike Patton it has to be my recent discovery of Sun City Girls. The trio of brothers Richard and Alan Bishop with the late great Charles Gocher on drums started out a few years before Mr. Bungle was founded, and both acts were kindred in the kitchen sink approach they took to composing their respective songbooks.

 But the Girls seemed to do it just a mite bit better than Mike, sorry to say. And perhaps no other collection is testament to that notion than this third volume of the Sun City Girls Singles series. Covering the years 1986 to 1993, Eye Mohini chronicles the trio’s Seattle era, a very fertile period in the creative history of the band, where they took their Asian-Arabic-Surf instrumental fusion to a new level of intensity as heard on cuts like “Lemur’s Urine” and “Esoterica of Abyssnia”, one of the only songs to capture both Bishop boys on electric guitar.

 If you are in the same boat as me when it comes to a dwindling interest in all things Mike Patton and have yet to hip yourself to the genius of Sun City Girls, they can always use another convert.

 DOWNLOAD: “Gum Arabic,” “Lemur’s Urine,” “Esoterica of Abyssnia”

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