Hot Snakes' Suicide Invoice is one of my favorite albums. In my music collection, I've got representatives from every genre, but a sound that's sorely lacking is rock. Not classic rock, not psych rock, not rock n' roll, but just rock. It's so hard to find a good band these days that just rocks. Fortunately the Hot Snakes were ready for that complaint. However, as good as that album was, I couldn't get into their next, Audit In Progress. I thought they sped it up too much, didn't spend enough time writing, and just weren't feeling it enough. Of course, it wasn't all bad - in the middle was a good stretch of tracks, the best of which was "Hatchet Job."
I won't waste time describing the sound too much to you - basically just awesome, tight playing on the bass and guitars front, with real rhythm guitar and melody guitar integration, part of what made Suicide Invoice so good. The singer half sings, half barks the lyrics, just the way I liked it before (his vocals on Audit In Progress sound lackluster in general), and the song itself mutates and progresses, unlike its friends on the album, which went for a more punk-ish feel with less melody and travel. In any case, it's a good addition to anyone's library, so give it a whirl and if you feel more charitable than I toward their newer sound, go get yourself the album.
Here's "Hatchet Job," by Hot Snakes.
I didn't already review this album, did I? My memory is starting to go.