As a music writer, there are few forms of shorthand that I hate more than the old saw, “it’s like (band A) crossed with (band B)” – or, worse, “the bastard child of (band A) and (band B).” Not only does such writing seem plain lazy; but the formula is, more often than not, used to bludgeon readers with references to bands that they’re apparently not cool enough to recognize.
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So in that spirit, I’ll indulge myself this once: Imagine the raw sexual energy of James Brown mated with the sonic intensity of AC/DC, and you have a pretty good idea what Chow Nasty sounds like. Seriously, the band totally rocks, the songs could make a nun dance, and singer Damon Harris hoots and squeals like a 16-year old watching “Porky’s.” If you don’t find yourself chanting along with the refrain of “Ungawa” by the end of the song, you have no soul. Check out the video (don’t worry moms and dads, this one is radio- and MTV-friendly):
For all these reasons, I’m thinking the band’s show – Tuesday, Mar. 4, at the Badlander – might be the best singles mixer of the season.