San Francisco garage punks Coachwhips pick up where the likes of the Cramps and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion leave off, delivering a sweaty and sleazy roadhouse sound tailor-made for dive-bar jukeboxes

San Francisco garage punks Coachwhips pick up where the likes of the Cramps and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion leave off, delivering a sweaty and sleazy roadhouse sound tailor-made for dive-bar jukeboxes. "Peanut Butter and Jelly Live at the Ginger Minge," the band's third album, is a blur of primal guitar stomp wrapped in a menacing swirl of vintage organs and distorted vocals. Frontman/guitarist John Dwyer and his new supporting cast of drummer Matt Von Hartman and keyboard player Val-Tronic are all attitude and adrenaline on highlights "Letter to London," "Did Ya Cum" and "PB+J." Dwyer's lyrics are largely indecipherable behind his manipulated mic, which sounds like a broken megaphone. But the mix of debauchery, anxiety and bravado in all his songs is implicit in his fuzzed-out howl, no matter what he's actually saying.—BG

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