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Album Review

If you fancy distorted bass, then you're sure to love the Charming Snakes, as fuzzy low frequencies are offered in heaping doses through their debut full-length, Ammunition. With more and more bands of the early 21st century looking back to the '80s for inspiration, the Seattle-by-way-of-Austin Charming Snakes base their sound largely around such influences as the Fall, Sonic Youth, and Mission of Burma. Despite having issued only one album as of 2005, the Snakes already have a history behind them, as various members of the Shins, the Intelligence, and Scared of Chaka have passed through the band's ranks at one point or another. While most '80s-appreciative bands tend to focus on snappy choruses, the Charming Snakes are more interested in the sonic side of things, as evidenced by the biting guitar of "See You in the Alps," while you can't help but think of the Stooges circa Fun House when the saxophone rears its head on "Epic Jams." And as evidenced by such standout tracks as "Loon" and "Ammunition," the band can succeed at making you want to jump up and do the Pogo.

Customer Reviews

Love this band

Got a freebee 45 of two songs off this album from Amoeba in Hollywood today, put it in as soon as I got home and loved it!

Tracks that Lead and Ammunition!

This very unpopular Seattle, WA band was on top of their game after this album came out in late 2005. The band toured the USA twice and the WEST COAST three times in support. I have heard LP two, which is floating around somewhere in a live and raw version,is the true Charming Snakes. I wish they would reunite and release that second album. I think it was mainly a matter of money and the band getting along. I would describe TCS as loud, very loud with ear piercing treble-sharp guitars, distorted growling bass, cave-man like drum beats, and singing that is not really the greatest but the melodies are there and they are catchy enough to forgive. Stand out tracks: 1,2,3,5,6, 10. Very rock, very danceable, and timeless.

Sum it up: 7 1/2 out of 10.

Not perfect, but very raw, and with a lot of heart. Not perfect, but endearing because of the imperfections. Great art work. Good songs. Great song structure. Rock with soul, not in the sense of boogie down at the disco-soul but real human soul, and a lot of heart. Angry sounding music to dance or jump up and down to.

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