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Creaturos, ‘Swampp Thingg’


Swampp Thingg

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A gut feeling might tell a careful listener that somewhere deep in this glorious garage muck hides an all-business trio of perfectionists. You’d have to clean a few dozens of layers of grime first, though. CreaturoS just released “Swampp Thingg,” the band’s debut full-length recording (available only on cassette or download), and the three-piece has heaped tangled messes of junkyard reverb, delayed effects, and blown-out ribbons of tape onto this collection of deranged Roky Erickson flashbacks.

The songwriting tactics are straightforward — these tunes are from the same “Nuggets” compilation stock that hordes of revival bands have been mining for years. “Charlie Brown” asks the all-important question, “What's shakin’, Charlie Brown?” while “Leave Your Face Behind” rides Jefferson Airplane harmonies down a well-traveled flight path.

But this album works for the genre rules it breaks. “UFO Yeah!” looms in the distance like a haunted house operated by Ween before blowing up into a crushing riff and swirling B-movie laser blasts. But there’s also precision — even through curtains fuzz and reverb you can still hear the band make the occasional lock-step halt and right-angle about-faces, a quality that (happily) belies their pedigree in bands like Doomstar! and Ketman.

Essential “UFO Yeah!”

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