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In the thin hours of the late afternoon, eight masked figures should converge upon the set of a double music video near Asylum Bay . There will be a crime to solve - we will provide very fast, older getaway cars, and the original Pulp Monster need summoning to set the tone right. Be prepared by bringing Jason The Axe's Black Sedan, with full tank of gas and an empty trunk. I think our family could do good business with your family, eh?
The first time I saw these Monsters play live, I was utterly punched in the face with sound. Mouth agape with a dangling broken jaw, I became an instant fan. It was such an unexpected left turn to hear, especially considering the style of music that the group's members typically play in their other musical ventures. They are the real deal. As you listen to Pulp Monster slide into their genre-bending groove for the first time, you begin to lose consciousness... and suddenly find yourself sitting in Sam Spade's secondhand leather office chair, staring straight ahead in a whiskey-drenched haze as slivers of light pour through the blinds, cutting through the cigarette smoke that is slithering upward to its fate between the wobbly ceiling fan blades. You almost anticipate a blood red-lipped dame to burst through the door with a pistol in hand, until you finally snap out of this trance and find yourself seduced by the melting pot of sounds emerging from the stage. They can be best described as classic smokey blues caught in the headlights of heavy metal riffs, with Morphine taunting you from the back seat. After lead man Jody Vanesky pulls one of his many harps from his utility belt, you'll soon hear Charlie Musselwhite wrestling with John Popper with vocals slightly reminiscent of Ian Astbury from the Cult. Their lyrics add an extra bonus layer of intrigue and tongue-in-cheek humor, obviously inspired straight from the tattered pages of a vintage pulp fiction paperback. You'll also find that their instrumental tracks are laced with a psychedelic substance that will pull you right into the middle of a soundtrack score to a detective noir film. The icing on the cake is the ambiance created by subtle gloomy fog that haunts the stage, and the trenchcoat and fedora-clad wardrobe tastefully worn by the aforementioned guilty party. It's a complete experience seeing these guys play live, and I highly recommend checking them out the next time they are in town. You won't be sorry. Recommended ear candy: my personal favorite "Restless", the pulpy narrative thrasher "Punch in the Face", and the audience sing-along "Killer in the Rain". Here's hoping for an official full length album from Pulp Monster to slide under my door in an unmarked sealed envelope one of these days.
~ Absolutely Brilliant ~ Best Regards ~ Sean
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