It is sad, and, until last week, I was not part of that five percent. That's until Bazooka Joe of the wonderful Slovenly Records posted the above song onto F-Book. Upon hearing, I did what any sensible person would do: I bought one of their first records (1995's Don't Like You) and their most recent (Reality Is a Grape, which released last month). Don't Like You is vintage Pussy Galorious garage skronk, only with a little more rhythm and speed (most of the time), and definitely more melody, although keep in mind who it's being compared to—this is not saying much. Recording quality is, well, pretty much the same thing.
According to various internet sources of varying trustworthiness, the Slicks formed in Boston during the wonderful year of 1988 (wonderful cause that's the year I was born). Brothers Tom and David Shannon—both guitar players—recruited drummer Dana Hatch and bassist Merle Allin (brother of G.G. Allin!) to play in an "original, bluesy garage rock band." Apparently, Allin didn't work out. (Maybe cooperation does not run in the family.) After trying a few other comers, they scrapped the whole bassist thing. The Slicks would go on to release at least five long-players on the venerable In the Red record label between 1995 and 2002, and at least five (including two live recordings) elsewhere after that.
Since I've not had time to investigate the body of work yet (for now), this brings us to Grape, and yowza!, it this one great. It's maybe the best place to start with the Slicks, or maybe I'm just saying that because that's where I started, and I'm so goddamn smitten. In terms of composition, production, and skill, it's a distant ancestor of Don't Like You, but still flaunts harmony and—albeit just enough—rhythm in that way whose perfection is gonna take some time to properly assess, which is fine, cause I haven't been this juiced on a record in months.
*The first comment on the above Youtube video. **Bonus Wikipedia definition of Cheater Slicks after the cut! ***This Allmusic.com entry was written by former Stranger music editor Jennifer Maerz!
Cheater slicks Since completely slick tyres are outlawed on most roads due to their inability to handle wet pavement, the "cheater slick" became a popular item in the hot rod world in the 1960s; a typical slick type tyre, but engraved with the absolute minimal amount of tread grooves required to satisfy legal requirements. Since then, however, tyre development has progressed greatly, so that today's hot rod street cars typically use wide, grooved tyres which perform better than the slicks of the past; while the cheater slicks available today, both for nostalgic appearance of street cars and for competition use in classes where DOT approved street tyres are required, have followed their own line of development, diverging from true slick tyre construction to become a distinct tyre design in themselves.