Jim Santo's Demo Universe

Punch Bug Red - Punch Bug Red

Two songs only from this promising combo. "Nicotine" deftly merges shaggy slacker and slick funk guitars beneath a whiny, half-rapped vocal. "My Girl" stirs more grit into the mix, juxtaposing garage riffs and jazzy chords in a unique way. More snotty rap-singing from Scott Chasse tattoos this clever foursome with their trademark sound. Name-checking the Minutemen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Weezer, Pat Benatar, Pavement, Buddy Rich and James Brown in their press kit, PBR reveals a depth of influence uncommon in indie-rock circles, as well as an internal tension that could well pull the band apart before it finds a groove. It'll be interesting to see where this leads.

Cassette received November 12, 1997