The Cutthroat Brothers and Mike Watt “Devil In Berlin”

At first glance, this one could be a metal album but The CUTTHROAT BROTHERS and MIKE WATT (MINUTEMEN…) are more into rock’n’roll and garage, and they like it heavy, bluesy with dirty guitars. “Been Away” is quite catchy, “Devil In Berlin” almost has a psychobilly vibe and “Love, Drugs, Etc.” and “Kiss The Moon” are good old timeless rock’n’roll singles. You’ll also get a little boogie with “Cherry” and it gets darker at times (“Cold Dead Night”, “Wild Western”) or even psyche (“Out of Our Cage”) but still bluesy with slide guitar. The wild and cryptic spirit of The CRAMPS also haunts this album, especially in “Like A Zombie”! The great thing about this record is that it sounds as if the guys were playing in your room if you listen to it loud enough.
For some reason, this record also reminds me of some Seattle bands like MUDHONEY and especially Matt Cameron’s garage rock project HATER. Considering this, it’s not surprising to see the name of Jack Endino as a producer on this record. The SCREAMING TREES also come to mind when it comes to grungy rock, a song like “Magic Tricks” could easily have been on one of their albums. If you’re looking for a great rock record to bury 2021, then this is the one! /Laurent C.

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