Saturday, March 17, 2007
Chuck Dukowski Sexet Eat My Life
Dukowski is a founding father of the US Hardcore and Indie music world. His work with Black Flag,SWA, Wurm and SST stands as a testimony to his vision and independence. The fact that he is still playing lets you know he's the real deal. The Chuck Dukowski Sextet's new CD "Eat My Life" AKA CD6 rock band plus horns with a female singer. I count 5 people in this sextet. They cover "My War" and "Venus in Furs". It always a little scary when guys push into the jazz/punk/rock unknown and I was nervous putting it on. 13 tracks. It is an interesting mix. Vocals recall early LA art punk. Music keeps it in a mid tempo groove for the most part. It is reminiscent of a lot of earlier SST bands (firehose,sonic youth, etc) but has it's own personality. They even throw in a one minute 34 second porno-funk work out called "atom". Nice wah wah. All the musicians are talented enough to be able to handle the various styles and structures they pick. If you remember the "My Rules" fanzine, I think these folks are saying "No rules" we'll just play what we want. The covers are both good. Not total overhauls, but not cover band rehashes either.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't want this to be a missing Black Flag LP, but it is pretty rad none the less. It would make a good soundtrack for a missing Santa Cruz skate video!
Check them on Myspace and support one of the originals/