RIYL: Paul Orwell, Nuggets-era revivalists
Label: Greenway Records
From Greenway Records:
Following the âIn This Perfect Hellâ album (released on Groovie Records in March 2017), âDirty Needles and Pinsâ is the second album release of 2017 by The Routes, and their sixth studio album to date. As with the last album Chris Jack plays everything with exception to the drums, which are taken care of by Jonathan Hillhouse. Keeping true to form, âDirty Needles and Pinsâ sees the band depart from a completely different point from where the last album landed.
Side A opens with what sounds like the mutant offspring of The Mummies cover of The Rangersâ âJustineâ, and The Carnabeats âSuteki Na Sandyâ, only this is no ode to Justine or the loveliness of Sandy. No, no! This is a warning of naivety, lies, betrayal and karma, sung with vindication. Yeah, âYouâll Seeâ! âEgo A Go Goâ sees the band in fun-poking freakbeat mode, sounding like the product of Don Craine (The Downliners Sect) jamming with The Pretty Things. We then go from egotism, to privilege and entitlement in the form of âI Ainât Convincedâ, sounding something like The Kinks meet Mudhoney. Next up is what could be a âThe Wailerâ or âFarmer Johnâ style frat party stomper by the title of âSomebodyâs Childâ, but with lyrics that totally contradict the frat party vibe, summing up the lack of empathy, hatred, war and the state of the world we live in today. The A side finishes up with âDysphoriaâ, quite possibly the first ever transgender garage rock anthem.
âAll I Findâ kicks off the B-Side. The psych switch is flipped, as is the depth and clarity in production, in contrast to the no frills lo-fi feel of the A Side. The organ riff and fuzz guitar interplay bring to mind Arthur Brown and The Doors, with the vocals conjuring the atmosphere of The 13th Floor Elevators. Next up is the pretty self-explanatory âMy Hardened Skinâ with its relentless driving rhythm section, which minus the vocals could be a fairly convincing The Fall backing track. The eighth and final track âNo Returnâ sees the band revisiting the heavy pysch trip of the âIn This Perfect Hellâ album; sounding like a collision between Loop, early Spacemen 3 and Sonic Youth, with mind melting consequences. The album is topped off with equally mind melting artwork by the Spanish king of rockânâroll art Mik Baro!Â
Dysphoria Swirl Vinyl - Limited to 60 Copies
Hand-poured Swirl of Pink and Neon Green
12" x 12" Lyric Insert
Digital Download Card Included
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive