A horrible hack


Electric Tongue

Year Released: 2003
Format: CD
Label: coalition
Reviewed by Mike Whelan on Jun 13, 2007
Oil sound like a million bands I never heard because I was too young, and a few I did hear because I was the right age. Led Zeppelin, MC5, The Stooges. These are all just bands I see referenced in reviews written by people a lot older than me. Fugazi, Hot Water Music, Dag Nasty. These are the contemporary rockers Oil are nicking off. This five-piece from the Netherlands have more energy than they can comfortably cram onto a CD. While the thrust of their sound comes from 70s rock acts, there is enough of a DC/Dischord influence to be noticeable. Oil slip comfortably from dirty hardcore (‘Electric Tongue’) to straight forward rock ‘n’ roll (‘Monolith’), and direct Fugazi-ripping (‘Scrape’) without ever sounding tired or disjointed. Sometimes it’s difficult to know whether you should be making devil horns with your fingers or, er, doing something else.

This is a good EP, but with only five tracks clocking in at 17 minutes it’s a bit hard to pin down exactly where Oil want to go. An album would be better, but that will have to wait.

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