SA Sound Returns with News on Flower Jesus Quintet and the Rich Hands
Published: April 9, 2014
Lyrically, Albracht takes simple song concepts and packs them with cliché-defying language. “You can p-p-p-pick your favorite c-c-c-creation myth,” he sings on “Pick Your Favorite,” dropping subtle internal rhymes within a larger song structure. Similarly, the guitar work on Slomo Drags starts each piece out straight-ahead, only to develop into orchestrated art rock riffs. Highly involved without feeling dense, Slomo Drags is a testament to Albracht’s songwriting abilities. Like Chuck Kerr in Seattle or Marcus Rubio in LA, it’s nice to check in with San Antonio natives tearing it up in new terrain.
Rich Hands get Out of My Head
With a long-running deal with Detroit’s Fountain Records and now receiving cassette distribution through Fullerton, Calif.’s badass Burger Records, the Rich Hands return in good standing for their second LP Out of My Head. With some internet hype and the Burger button of approval on their denim jackets, the album’s 11 tracks of short and sweet garage pop could be the Rich Hands’ breakout effort.
For their sophomore album, the Rich Hands look retrospectively to break the garage rock prototype. With organ and tambourine adornments, the trio would fit in quite comfortably on a Johnny Thunders-heavy mixtape. Album closer “I Get By” pulls from glam rockers like T Rex and Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal-era Lou Reed, while holding onto a garage sense of simplicity.
On Burger Records alone, there’s an overcrowding of awesome, distortion-driven bands with a taste for sugar-sweet hooks. With the tweaks made on Out of My Head, here’s to the Rich Hands’ status as the fairest Burger of them all. Either way, don’t expect the three-piece to win Most Underrated Band again in the Current’s Music Awards (voter’s choice) later this year.
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