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Sounds of Violence

Wednesday, Sep 8 2004
As easy as the three-chord proto-punk tunes found on Lenny Kaye's classic Nuggets compilation might be to play, too many garage revivalists confuse raw primitivism with outright sloppiness. Not so with the Sacramento-based thugs who make up Th' Losin Streaks, who bring the kind of snarling swagger to their raucous debut that would do their fuzzed-out forebears proud. Despite treading the genre's well-worn subject matter of two-fisted romancing ("Beg, Steal or Borrow" and "Your Love, Now") and love gone awry ("The End"), Th' Losin Streaks keep things fresh with razor-sharp hooks and Tim Foster's gruff, authoritative vocals. Sacto guitar legend Mike Farrell deals out one searing, sustain-driven lead after another, helping drive the tracks with the same wild abandon that Jeff Beck brought to the Yardbirds' more unhinged rave-ups. Rounded out by a few choice covers (including the Guess Who's "It's My Pride" and the Holland/Dozier/Holland chestnut "I'm Leaving"), Sounds of Violence lives up to its name, announcing Th' Losin Streaks as NorCal's new garage-rock contenders.

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