Five for Friday │ 05.06.16

Laswell’s throaty, Lou Reed–like vocals are what melted my heart.


Welcome, new music adventurers—welcome, one and all! Here is what I discovered on my music travels this week.

The Senton Bombs: “Train Wreck” | Maybe it’s the catchy lead guitar that caught my attention, or maybe it was the Faster Pussycat–like razorblade vocals. Either way, the Senton Bombs deliver a fun and hard-rocking hit with “Train Wreck.” This is exactly what music is missing today: fun! Crank this one to 11 as you do your shots of Jäger.

Cilver: “Break Free” | “Break Free” is a powerful, angsty, hard-hitting track: It’s that simple and that beautiful. Hard-rocking rhythms, gorgeous, sexy female vocals, and a chorus that hooks you the first time you hear it makes this my new summer jam. I think I may just send a message to one of my favorite St. Louis drag queens, Victoria Rose, to see if she can do this one justice.

Greg Laswell: “Dodged a Bullet” | Laswell’s throaty, Lou Reed–like vocals are what melted my heart. I completely dropped out of existence as I reflected on my soul during the lo-fi music and hypnotic vocals. This track is almost a religious experience, as Laswell doles out the simple, but haunting lyrics.

The Baboon Show: “Class War” | What’s not to love about the Baboon Show? Punk rock? Check. Female lead screamer? Check. From a foreign country? Check! (They’re from Sweden). This track is the equivalent of an energy drink: It will kick you in the ass and make you want to run somewhere. Those punky Swedes: they know how to rock.

Jesus Chrüsler Supercar: “I Can Get It” | This dark, angry track tapped a nerve in me. The serpentine guitar mixed with powerful vocals—which sounded like they were screamed through a bullhorn—made me gather up all my hatred, all my anger, all my frustration with the cancer that has decided to take residence in my body, and howl at the moon. The experience was quite cathartic. Thanks, JCS, for assisting in my recovery.

If you want to hear these songs—and others by these bands, as well as from previous columns—check out my Five for Friday playlist on Spotify. It will become your new radio station! Enjoy!

And check this out, kids! I will be hosting my own monthy radio show on on the first Monday of every month from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Central. You can hear all the songs I find, as well as interesting talk about current issues. Be sure to tune in every month! | Jim Ryan

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