Of course, Redd Kross were totally amazing at Amoeba last night. What you might not have expected is that they’d play for about an hour! The set was heavy on the supremely catchy and totally ripping new songs (“Downtown,” “Uglier”) which will grow on you like fungus, but dug back to the very oldest and rawest cuts (“Linda Blair,” “St. Lita Ford Blues”) for the old timers who saw the McDonald brothers when they were teenagers. Me? I’m in the middle somewhere, having discovered them on the Neurotica (“Frosted Flake”) tour when they played a free lunchtime show at UCLA.
AllMusic.com writes: “In fact, based on how hooky the songs are, how thrilling the performances are, and how great it all sounds, this may be the band’s best record yet. If only every band that came back from years of inactivity, came back this strong.”
“Among the 10 songs here, not one is anything less than searingly catchy. The hooks are utterly shameless, like early-’70s bubblegum, and that can’t be an accident. These guys know exactly what they’re doing, and we’re lucky that they’ve decided to do it again. So even if it’s utterly and completely out of step with 2012 indie, Researching The Blues arrives right on time”. – StereoGum – album of the week
Official video for “Stay Away From Downtown” by Redd Kross. From the album ‘Researching the Blues’, out August 7, 2012 on Merge Records.
Directed by Jeff McDonald and Dave Markey.
NPR Music writes: “Stuffing 10 songs into 32 minutes, the album just sounds like a big, brash, vital, immaculately produced blast of rock ‘n’ roll. Brothers and core members Steven and Jeff McDonald got their start playing this sort of stuff when they were kids a whopping 34 years ago — they once opened for Black Flag at a party for middle-schoolers — but Redd Kross couldn’t be farther from a dinosaur act in 2012.
Power-pop signposts abound throughout the album, from Cheap Trick to Teenage Fanclub — the latter could’ve fit “Dracula’s Daughter” onto Bandwagonesque and no one would have minded — but Researching the Blues never delves into nostalgia. Who has time, when you’re having this much fun blowing kids half your age out of the water?”
Redd Kross — “Researching the Blues”
Well, now. Yay for the return of Redd Kross, who are finally releasing a new studio album, some five years after they got back together to play a bunch of festivals and etc. The album’s called Researching the Blues, and it’s out in August — this is the title track, and it’s available for free download via SoundCloud.
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