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Hot Snakes
AUDIT IN PROGRESS
(Swami)

The third album from San Diegoís Hot Snakes is also their best, though the bandís plan of attack hasnít much changed since their 2000 debut, Automatic Midnight: the airtight rhythm section still propels the minor-key rhythmic riffing of the half-distorted guitars like a freight liner, and Rick Froberg still canít (or just wonít) write a vocal melody. But Audit in Progress finds Froberg and Hot Snakesí other principal songwriter and guitarist, John Reis (of Rocket from the Crypt), further honing a craft that theyíve been working on together since their first collaboration, Pitchfork, in the mid í80s, and later in the seminal post-hardcore band Drive like Jehu. They distill the rhythmically and structurally complex songs of Jehu, complete with mindfuck meter changes and noisy guitar experimentation, into two- and three-minute blasts infused with a hint of the cocksure psychobilly punk attitude of Rocket from the Crypt. Itís not revelatory, since the songs on the bandís first two albums are in a similar mode. But there are numerous moments ó the addictive guitar melody in "Plenty for All" and the pulse-accelerating ending of "Reflex," for instance ó that grab you and shake you in a way that Hot Snakesí previous efforts didnít.

BY WILL SPITZ


Issue Date: January 7 - 13, 2005
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