their cheeky band name to album title to cover art, I
wasn’t sure what to expect
from Memphis-based Organ Thief’s self-produced debut.
However, I was pleasantly surprised, and it’s become
a regular part of my CD rotation for the last couple of
weeks. Guitar leads often overlay some very funky rhythms,
a sort of post-punk funk that’s a bit more Sonic
Youth than Red Hot Chili Peppers.
On Orphan Teeth,
guitar parts really grab hold, often with lots of reverb
and delay, creating a hypnotic “wall of sound.” Likewise,
Kirk Rawling’s vocals are strong throughout, particularly
on “Sound of Sarcasm,” where he could pass
for Ian McCullough at times. Organ Thief shows their range
on this album, exhibiting funk, blues, and reggae influences
in tandem with their post-punk, experimental sound (not
to mention some segue outtakes of drunken conversations
about Michael Jackson). In short, it’s all good.
Track: Track 3, “Marcus