The band is named Okie Dokie. The artwork is simple and to the point. In other words, Okie Dokie doesnt hide the fact that theyre a dirty rock band, blending balls to the wall sleaze rock with fast, sloppy surf garage at its heart. The record is only eight songs, and whatever vinyl format its on (I received a promo CD), is likely longer than they needed. On further research, its a 10, which seems a fitting choice.
From the first few seconds of Bad Luck, its clear by the choppy power chords and Mike Ray-Vons slightly snotty, but mostly aggressive vocals, that the band is all about short, fast, and loud. Loud guitars rule this record, with distorted bass, and little variation between songs. The Monad has a hint of the Meatmens Evil in a League with Satan while, on Icepick Kick, Ray-Von delivers what sounds like a tongue-twister, consistently upping the speed as the song maniacally and violently pummels you and Milk utilizes a similar approach. On Motorhead, the band name-drops and honors an influence, even if it is one of the lesser songs on the EP. Ray-Von slows down his maniacal delivery to a more traditional, following-the-rhythm deliver, and it remains leg-bouncingly fast and aggressive. Its attitude may live up its namesake, but the guitars are more garage and less metal in style.
Eight songs may be a quick burst, but its probably the right amount. The music is aggressive and hyper and I can see a longer format overplaying its welcome. In short doses like this, its a solid and fun record that hints at insanity on the stage. While a lyric sheet is always appreciated, I get the distinct impression that I wouldnt feel any more enlightened having read the lyrics to songs like Ooga Booga and Ice Pick Kick. This is cheap thrill music, and it packs a punch. Its like getting hit with a big, dumb brick of rocknroll.
7.4 / 10
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