our record of the day goes to The Bad Beats. A friend of mine on Instgram has chosen this album as her Rock N Roll Album of the year for 2016 . Me, I missed this one when it came out and since I trust her judgement , I’m listening now and putting this up for all of you to join me and give a listen to this garagerock gem.
The legacy of Canadian Fuzz is in good hands — The Bad Beats debut album proves it. The lessons from their Canuck grandfathers — The Painted Ship, Les Lutins, The Haunted, and so many more 1960s legends from the Great White North — have been consumed, digested and spit out with a new ferocity that dispels for once and for all the social myth that Canadians are polite people.
No, these Bad Beats are nasty people, with nasty sounds — born quite literally in their garage — where car fumes, cold beer, a fuzz box and a beat up Farfisa organ have pushed them to blast out the album you hold in your hands right now.
“Knock Yourself Out” is a perfect theme to start the mayhem, equal parts spittle and beer-fueled party fun. “His Vengeful Hand” has a cool voodoo vibe, and “She Don’t Talk To Me” will have you bopping all the way to the keg and then back to the dance floor. The BBs also pay homage to the classics, with the Miracle Workers’ “Love Has No Time” given a reverent treatment worthy of garage royalty.
Yes, Canadian Fuzz is in good hands. The Bad Beats are here.
— Timothy Gassen
“Guru of Garage”
author “The Knights of Fuzz”
released March 24, 2016
Cam Alexander – vocals, harmonica
Adam Payne – guitar
Richard Katynski – bass
Derek MacDonald – organ
Jon Card – drums
recorded and mixed by Adam Payne
artwork by Richard Katynski
mastered by John Golden
all songs written by Alexander/Payne
“Send Me A Postcard” (Robbie Van Leeuwen)
“Watch Outside” (Crider/Mortensen)
“Hipsville 29 B.C.” (Turnbow)
Love Has No Time (Demiankow)