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Los Angeles’s Wounded Lion belong to that tribe of primitive, shambling, minimalists who take their cues from tribal elders the Velvet Underground and the Modern Lovers, and skew it all with a dash of irony and a hint of art-skronk. Inane lyrics (“I’m staying in the cave!” “Coors, Light! Coors, Light!”) shouted and yelped atop clanging, ringing guitars and tinny, slapdash percussion manage to invoke mysterious weight; you’d swear singer Brad Eberhard (a visual artist and former art teacher) was singing about despair or war or social injustice. But, nah, he’s just having fun — and spreading it around. “Creatures In the Cave” churns into an exhilarating, Velvets-inspired adrenalin rush, and the jittery guitars on “Dagoba System” sound like the Feelies and the Clean duking it out in a dank underground club in 1979. Unexpected touches like the roller-rink organ on the hilarious “Pony People,” the faux-Hawaiian romanticism in “Crunchy Stars” and the ‘70s hard-rock choogle of “Carol Cloud” add another dimension to this gleeful celebration of primal — and distinctly American — rock ’n’ roll.

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Not like anything else out there

Whether its to your taste or not, one thing is clear: This band is itself. Its not a collection of pieces of what other people are doing. That is refreshing and rare in today's music scene.

The songs are short, but they should be short songs. Expanding them would dilute them. The base is sort of a 60s garage band sound with a cleaned up power pop strain. But that's only the base of what they are doing. The songs take off and move and change and become something in their short lifespan. They breathe and live.

My favorite tracks: Creatures in the Creatures, Pony People and Omar Walk

If you are fan of unique guitar based rock music that is catchy, creative and interesting, this is right up your alley.

I really, really, enjoy this album. It is something fresh and exciting. Give it a try.

Atypical Garage Pop

Today sees the release of the self-titled debut album by Wounded Lion on the reliably superb In The Red label. I was on the fence on whether or not to feature this album as a new release. While it's more than worthy of a recommendation, I was struggling for anything insightful to say about these dozen tracks of affable garage pop. In preparation for this review, I wound up filling two pages of my handy reporter's notebook with solipsistic nonsense. I'll spare you the details. (Who says there's no editorial standards in blogging?)

Back to matter at hand, as I debated reviewing Wounded Lion I wound up listening to it quite a bit. With each listen, it grew on me considerably and I ultimately decided that my probable lack of worthwhile exegesis should not stand in the way of alerting you, dear reader, to this fine collection of songs.

Wounded Lion are not dissimilar to fellow Californians Nodzzz in their mix of rough simplicity and unrelenting catchiness. Actually, the band(s) I was reminded of most when listening to this platter were Big Dipper and the Embarrassment. Songs like "Hunan Province" and "Belt of Orion" seem to have inherited their sense of melody directly from Bill Goffrier's old bands, sources that are both fertile and infrequently replicated. This is not to suggest that Wounded Lion are merely derivative. Rather, they simply have fine apparent taste in influences. (Others according to their Facebook and MySpace pages: The Equals, Ivor Culter, The Eyes, The Sweet and Can. No qualms there.) And I would hope that readers of this page would know that any comparison to Big Dipper or the Embos should be considered a huge compliment. One can do a lot worse than blister pop for the 21st century.

Give this one listen. You may well wind up giving it several dozen more before you grow tired of it. Also be sure to check out their highly-entertaining, shoestring-budget video for "Pony People" below. Feel free to share it with your friends. It's just as meme-worthy as Lady Gaga's latest and doesn't feature any ironic-but-compensated-for product placement.- Paul Bruno, The Unblinking Ear


Formed: Los Angeles CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Playing brilliantly simple, off-kilter garage pop akin to the Modern Lovers, Los Angeles’ Wounded Lion feature singer/guitarist Brad Eberhard, who is also a fine art painter and used to be an art teacher; drummer Monty Buckles (also of the Lamps); and Shant, Chris, Jun, and Raffi. Eberhard began recording songs into GarageBand in 2008, the same year Wounded Lion debuted with the S-S single "Carol Cloud" b/w "Pony People"; the B-side was covered by the Intelligence on their album Fake Surfers. They...
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