You have to love this band. After some 25 years, these hard-lovin', apparently hard-drinkin' guys from Queens, N.Y.
You have to love this band. After some 25 years, these hard-lovin', apparently hard-drinkin' guys from Queens, N.Y., are still bangin' out vintage, backbeat-driven, gang-vocal-laden guitar rock recalling the Cramps and a blusier, mainstream-leaning Iggy. It's the kind of stuff that makes you want to get sloppy drunk and dance your ass off. And, really, what else can you ask for from a rock'n'roll record? The foot stompin', throat-shredding, string-breakin' retro barroom rock of Do You Swing?—especially the gloriously raucous "Are You Ready for the Mountain?" and "Headlock on My Heart," which recalls Echo & the Bunnymen, oddly—has at least this writer counting the days for the next Fleshtones gig. If the garage-rock revival isn't over yet, here's a potentially brilliant touring mate for the likes of the White Stripes and Mooney Suzuki. Check out the fantastic—albeit completely out of place—cover of Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown" and the "my-my-my"-laced, Tom Waits-y ballad "In My Mind." Bartender!—WO