REVIEW: FOUND DEAD IN TRUNK - KEROSENE COCKTAIL CD (75orLess, Warren, RI)
Connecticut’s FOUND DEAD IN TRUNK offer up some early MISFITS worship that’s lo-fi without sounding trebly; there’s still plenty of meat on those hooks. Chop up some very early IRON MAIDEN carrots, take a handful of BLACK SABBATH at their punkest-sounding, add them both to the MISFITS broth, and you get the idea (as long as the MAIDEN and SABBATH comparisons didn’t get you thinking metal, or even crossover; this is still straight-up punk).
I could DEFINITELY picture ‘Hawks And Doves’ being on the soundtrack to a classic skate video — I could picture ALL OF THIS being on the soundtrack to a classic skate video. Shred-worthy!
These guys have their rhythm guitar churning out some charging riffs with the bass and drums along for the hellride, then lead guitar takes off every once in a while for a mosh around the fretboard, just goin’ nuts! The vocals are rough but limber; they glide around everything (sprinkling lyrics about death, hate, and John Wayne Gacey wherever they go) and the result’s some tough, raw, evil-sounding punk with plenty of swagger and REALLY satisfying hooks and melodies to punch the air to. Every track sounds different and has something to offer. Not a dud in the bunch.
If this were some long-lost recording from the late ’70s, this’d be Ebay gold right now. Get this if you can, see these guys live if you can. Rad shit. NOT SHITTY
A review of the album’s artwork: Kind of a messy, two-color silkscreen (the image I’ve used here is off the internet; my copy’s a lot messier). These guys deserved better than this. At least it’s not in a plastic jewel case (it’s a cardboard gate-fold sleeve). KINDA SHITTY