THE MISTREATERS "Playa Hated to the Fullest" LP/CD ES1296
Where their first album Grab Them Cakes was the dirty rock and roll trick that you wish you lost your virginity to, the Mistreaters sophomore full-length Playa Hated to tha Fullest is the more diverse and complete soccer-mom follow-up that you want to marry and spend the rest of your life with. While everyone expects the long tradition of garage punk dirge like the Oblivians, Pussy Galore and the Gories, what people dont expect is how deep this Milwaukee quartet is influenced by decidedly non-it bands. The likes of Otis Redding, AC/DC and Johnny Cash are summoned on Hated, the diversity is most evident on the slow blues of Shes My Witch which enlists the sultry vocal help of Deanne Iovan from the Come-Ons and sax warbling from Jim Diamond, the albums producer. Not that theyre trying to scare you away from what was so chocolaty and gooey about the first record. Tracks like The Other Man and Check Out Preston are textbook rock and roll perfection, sprinkled with the Drano-soaked vocal squirts of Christreater. David John Henry Mistreaters bass sound is full and upfront, like a midget at a punk show. The guitar of Dusty Mistreater grates more than a worker at a pizza place while still having that harmonic side you always admired in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. And Christian Mistreater, hell, he uses a hubcap for a cymbal, so you know its gonna be raw. Put it together and I dont need to tell you that it shatters windows, sets off car alarms, and is responsible for civil disobedience all over the globe. Let it be known that Playa Hated brings the love. No need to playa hate on the Mistreaters they done wrote the book. THE MISTREATERS Playa Hated To The Fullest LP/CD...ES1296. Recorded by JIM DIAMOND. Sleeve design by ART CHANTRY.