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Clockcleaner

Babylon Rules (Load)

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Few modern rock and roll bands crank out sickeningly evil jams that totally groove like the mutant punk trio Clockcleaner. Former Clevelander John Sharkey and company are nerds putting hexes on jocks while reverberating and riff-spelunking in the vein of the Jesus Lizard. In the stomper "Human Pigeon," Sharkey spits out the sermon, "Do you know what it means to be a man?" "Daddy Issues," meanwhile, explodes with blood-curdling yelps.

Clockcleaner's songwriting chops match its snarl. With lines about dead dogs on railroad tracks, "Vomiting Mirrors" sews the one-note piano line from the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" to the Birthday Party.

Effortlessly spinning classic echo around a new sound, Clockcleaner delivers piles of noisy slop with such hammering resolve, it harks back to the days when rock bands were too caught up in their own twisted worlds to care about what other people thought.

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