The Monkeywrench / Gabriel's Horn - 4012998
Monkeywrench: Celebrating 17 years of a great idea; putting together the progenitors of the modern underground featuring Mark Arm and Steve Turner of Mudhoney fame, together with Tim Kerr (Poison 13, King Sound Quartet, The Big Boys), Gas Huffer’s Tom Price, and Martin Bland (Lubricated Goat), Monkeywrench is nothing less than a Punk/Grunge supergroup.
You won’t be surprised to find the same glorious, fuzzed-out mess that characterizes Mudhoney’s work, but there are notable differences here: Monkeywrench provides a twisted take on everything from country to Psychedelic and offers impressive bluesy guitar playing. There is a Texas roots taste spread through the tracks while the rhythm section lays down a fast and furious groove (Turner’s bass playing is outstanding) while dueling guitars engage in a race to the finish line. Then there’s Mark Arm’s influential rasp — an unkempt, sneering yowl. It’s comforting to know these gents haven’t settled down.
For fans of: Mudhoney, The Big Boys, Lubricated Goat, The Sonics, The Big Boys, The Dicks, MC5
Released: March 6, 2008
The Monkeywrench / Electric Children - 4012999
As soon as the opening track of Electric Children begins you realize that the Monkeywrench have gotten much tighter since their debut eight years before. The production also seems more raw, possibly due to the fact that the band has moved from Conrad Uno to veteran Seattle producer Jack Endino, who also engineered the first releases from bassist Steve Turner and vocalist Mark Arm’s other band, Mudhoney. Also contributing to the rawness of the record is the absence of Arm’s trademark piano and organ. This enhances the energy, causing you to notice a more frantic, electrified side of the band. As on the debut album, Clean as a Broke-Dick Dog, several genres of music are given equal time, including the country of “Thirteen Nights” and “The Empty Place,” the rockabilly of “The Weasel’s in the Barn,” the Eastern modal quality of “Around Again,” and the noise rock of the closing number, “In the Days of the Five.” The Monkeywrench have grown in their ability to craft a song, and the result is a masterpiece.
Released: February 21, 2008
The Monkeywrench / Clean as a Broke Dick Dog - SP129
MEDIUMS: LP, CS, CD
1. Call My Body Home
3. Cold Cold World
5. From You
6. Doubled Over Again
7. Great Down Here
9. Look Back
10. Bottle Up & Go
11. The Story as I Was Told
12. Notes & Chords Mean Nothing To Me
13. Stop This World
14. I’m Blown
NOTES: Released 2/1/92. First 2000 LP\’s gold.
Released: 1992-02-01 (CD), 1992-02-01 (CS), 1992-02-01 (LP), 1974-08-15 (MP3s)