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Album Review

SSM follow up their debut, eponymous, full-length album with this six-song mini-set, cleverly titled EP-1, and yet again defy anyone to describe their sound. The rollicking "Fiction Rock + Roll" and the slamming "Country City" posits them on the punk side of garage rock, which is where most exasperated critics tend to lump them. "Ha, that's what you think," the band cry triumphantly, slinging into "You'll Be Glad You Did," a synth pop-goes-pop-punk ditty that could have been written by Vince Clarke, or the Ramones for that matter. To further muddy the waters the EP suddenly falls straight into space rock territory. The remix of the album track "Put Me In" has new wave pretensions, too, but a decidedly funky flare, and even a hint of proto industrial fuzz and drone. But the trio aren't done yet. "Bell Isle Daze," is way too slow for garage, but you can hear its antecedents within regardless, along with fabulous psychedelic organ and wah-wah guitar. Simultaneously laid-back and insistent, thanks to the spacey atmosphere and a new wave drum machine beat, here SSM are, perhaps, at their genre-bending best. Until they take "Daze" into "Dub" on the final track. Onscreen it just looks goofy, while the lyrics are decidedly loopy, but on disc it's brilliant, absolutely inspired, in fact, and a ton of fun besides.

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Detroit Garage Rock Innovators

These guys were the sickest thing on the Detroit Garage Rock Scene in 2006. I saw them play the Magic Stick, Belmont and Blind Pig many times. Brings back good memories of seeing detroit rock shows, bar crawling Detroit & Hamtramck and kicking out the jams with friends.


Formed: 2005 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

SSM is a veritable supergroup featuring members of three key bands on the Detroit garage rock scene -- John Szymanski of the Hentchmen on keyboards, Dave Shettler of the Sights on drums, and Marty Morris of the Cyril Lords on guitar. However, anyone expecting a strict replay of what these musicians have done before is in for a surprise -- SSM's music incorporates moody psychedelia, edgy synth pop, electronic dance sounds, and a dash of prog rock in performances that don't skimp on sweat while demonstrating...
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