Wednesday, June 25, 2008

we saw: The Muslims

"I Got News For You"
We saw The Muslims Friday night at Union Pool and the verdict is in: they're bad ass. But not in a stereotypically snotty, metal grinding way either, but in a we-don't-give-a-fuck-how-we're-suppose-to-dress- in-Williamsburg way. The Muslims simply play their songs and their songs are powerful enough to will children to bash broken car radios and steal prescription chemicals from pharmacies the world wide. Bill was there and he agrees The Muslims got a helluva lot of attitude. The band played a solid set of songs from their EP, as well as a cover of Arthur Lee's "My Flash On You." However, the undisputed highlight of their set is the slo-punk sing-a-long "Brightside," which is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs of the year. If "Brightside" is any indication of what The Muslims have up their sleeves, then get ready for a full on assault.

Their infamous EP (above), which sports genuine bullet holes from a real live gun, is a must have and will be re-released in July. Luckily, 2/4 of the Bobka crew got lucky and were able to pick up copies of the bullet ridden EP on vinyl (and the 7"). Besides being a great record, the EP comes with a CD of all the songs and a few extra. Incentives, incentives, incentives. Between Dirt Dress and The Muslims, 2008 could see the full fledged recurrence of shabby, opiated lo-fi garage punk in the vein of VU and early Modern Lovers stuff. Ok, now I must return to moshing in my kitchen.

Get the Extinction b/w My Flash On You 7" here.

The Muslims- Brightside

The Muslims "Extinction"

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