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Puny Human
It's Not the Heat, It's the Humanity

SS-036/2003

Josh Diamond: Guitar
Jason Diamond: Bass
Jim Starace: Vocals
Iann Robinson: Drums

Baritone Sax on tracks 4, 7, and 9, by Howard Johnson
Produced by J Yuenger
Recorded at Loho Studios, NYC
Engineered by Joe Hogan
Guitars Recorded at Audiology, NYC
Vocals Recorded at Binary Recording, Inc., NYC
Mixed at Binary Recording, Inc., NYC
Engineered and Mixed by Shane Conry, J Yuenger
Mastered at Solid Sound by Chris Gooseman
Design and Layout by Dave Bias
All songs by Puny Human 2003.

Reviews for It's Not the Heat, It's the Humanity...

MONOLITH (Greece)

Puny Human is back. Their long anticipated follow up to their bombing debut ˘Revenge Is Easy÷ is here and totally worth the wait. This time, their hardcore influences are even more hidden under tons of groove. Their sound remains raw and straight in your face but the band is tighter and that shows in their playing. Lots of time changes keep it interesting till the last note without falling into the boring prog-trap. Heavy riffage that leads to constant head banging, unusual lyrics by singer Jim, whose voice, melodic or hard, fits the music perfectly. Just listen to the opener ˘Champagne Minivan÷ and youĂll get the picture. Call this baby laid back agression or call it stoner-core. Whatever. The gods of heavy music should be proud of their boys. Respect.

P.S.: For the Greek fans. Can you notice the similarity between ˘Witches Chasing Cabs÷ and our own Deus Ex MacinaĂs ˘Chase Me÷ from almost 10 years ago? An obvious coincidence but a surprising one at that.

Rate: 11/13

Francoise Massacre
January, 2004
www.monolith.gr

SPLENDID MAGAZINE

Stoner rock fans, here comes your latest reason to fog up the van: this NYC quartet will satiate all of your "needs" with its thick 'n' heavy riffs, sludge-laden grooves, ridiculous lyrics and a low-end that'll blow the dust out of your favorite bong.

Compared with genre representatives Fu Manchu and Queens of the Stone Age, Puny Human's reputation seems...well, rather puny. But PH aren't stoner rock coattail rider -- they've honed their musical skills over the past five years. The band's second full length CD, released on the low-profile Small Stone label, probably won't find much commercial alt-rock radio support, but It's Not the Heat, It's the Humanity stills packs a powerful punch, mixing melody and metal together and finding a happy medium.

The faithful six-string is the core of any good old-fashioned rock band, and Puny Human tirelessly deliver the goods with riffs so tasty, you'll wanna gnaw on the CD case, whether you have the munchies or not. "Devil's Riff" quickly delves into a head-nodding groove, while opener "Champagne Minivan" sticks it to you with a memorable series of notes and muted riffing that'll bring out the air guitar player in all of us. Josh Diamond's playing alternates between earth-shaking Sabbath power chords and the warm fuzz guitar of Blue Cheer, evoking sweet rock memories from the '70s -- or is that just the THC taking effect? Exhale and read on.

Puny Human crushes all with the stomping "Witches Chasing Cabs". Jim Starace's vocals are perfect; he tears through an incomprehensible but remarkably intense delivery. However, if you attempt to decipher what Starace means when he sings "A witch chasing cabs / trapping eagles over crabs / a buck toothed thing of a gofer bear / is in front of me", you'll think someone snuck you some laced seeds or a spoiled batch of rolling paper. The lyrics are consistently bizarre, but his forceful presentation focuses less on what he's singing about and more on how he sings it. "Bare Knuckle Love" drops a serious sonic bomb, while "Kill You in the Face" scorches with its long-winded howls and down-tuned guitars.

It's worth mentioning Humanity 's solid production, credited to White Zombie guitarist-turned-producer J. Yuenger. The dredlocked Yuenger keeps the rhythms spiraling and the low-end pumping, letting in just enough treble to penetrate Puny Human's hellish wall of sludge-heavy sound. It's massive, but it never sounds over-produced.

It's Not the Heat, It's the Humanity may not bring many new musical ideas to the table, but Puny Human do an excellent job diving headfirst into what its members know best: metal-infused '70s rock. And of course, you'd have to be high not to dig the campy bikini-clad gals and B-Movie-style fonts that grace the album cover. It's so good that you won't even care that MTV metal iconoclast Iann Robinson is behind the drum kit.

Andrew Magilow
January, 2004

CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE (UK)

Any band who take the inspiration for their name from the Incredible Hulk (the Marvel comic, not the TV series or film) get an extra point before the CD even goes into the player. The fact that they play a high-class blend of classic Derringer, Grand Funk Railroad and Cactus licks amped up and slathered in heavy cheese for the 21st century is a major bonus. Kicking off with the love song to their transit, 'Champagne Minivan' - imagine Helmet, though niether arch nor arty, if they had been around in the 70s and written a 'Born to be Wild' stadium anthem - this is an album that poses the strait-faced question: do you believe in rock'n'roll? If not, sod off back to your bedroom and listen to some atonal Radiohead experiments or slide in a Thin Lizzy CD and reflect on how they have'nt made'em like that since 1975. Bollocks, daddio. this is classic rock'n'roll that's alive and well in the here and now and you really should get out more and find it.

4/5 stars

Tommy Udo
November, 2003

ROCKSOUND MAGAZINE (UK)

Not your average ranch stash, as countrified ex-Monkeeand Tippex heir Mike Nesmith once put it. Puny HumanĂs second album places them quite a few notches above the legion of stoner outfits currently doing the rounds by virtue of impressive musicianship, outstanding production and an epic sense of ambition. The mechanistic stop-start dynamics of songs like ŠGreasinĂ The WheelĂ possibly indicate influences outside the usual pantheon, gesturing towards the tinnitus buzz of post-punk weirdos Devo and the robotic boogie of rock-fetish post rockers Trans Am. Not only that but Puny Human write actual songs, choosing to invest their heads-down boogie with genuine soul rather than revel in their undeniable way with a mean, gnarly riff. Jim StaraceĂs vocals are a major asset too ű suitably raw, but also capable of a rough-edged sensitivity best illustrated by the hypnotic highlight, ŠDevilĂs RiffĂ.

8/10

Joe Stannard
September, 2003

LOGO MAGAZINE

Taking their name from (seventies comic book hero) The Incredible HulkĂs favourite phrase, Puny HumanĂs second full-length outing comprises the sounds the HulkĂs creator Stan Lee would have been skinning up to as he put the ink on the page. Jim StaraceĂs vocals recall OzzyĂs nasal whine, while behind him a stew of broken-speaker fuzz, bar-room boogie and stone immaculate hair-flailing is whipped into line. The whole set sounds like itĂs been beamed in from the sound stage of ŠAlmost Famous - The Sabbath YearsĂ, and though itĂs referential to the point of rip-off, had Kyuss emerged in 1972 this is EXACTLY what they would have created. To our eternal surprise, itĂs great.

Reuben Blades
August, 2003
logo-magazine.com

MUSIC SPORK

Sounds Like: Halfway to Gone + Camarosmith + Clutch + Hawkwind (bass) = Puny Human

Remember fuckin' around during a high school summer? That three-month sunset when the only reason to collect a paycheck was to cover a new ratchet shifter for the 'Cuda? Hoppin' fences to sneak into a pool with Stacy, or to get away when the cops showed up at Troy's party? Well, so does New York's Puny Human, and their latest effort, It's Not the Heat, It's the Humanity, provides a near-perfect soundtrack for those golden days of shotgunning tallboys 'round back of the local arcade.

If this all sounds familiar, it should. All too many heavy rock bands have formed to praise all things Spicoli. While some,such as fuzz lords Fu Manchu, have managed to keep it interesting, many become monotonous; each song recycling the same images of cars, weed, girls and cars. What makes Puny Human different is a sense of surrealism coupled with a dynamite sense of humor.

As demonstrated repeatedly on It's Not the HeatÓ, Puny Human doff their cap to the standards of summertime stoner fun while simultaneously throwing them in the pool. While itĂs practically required for heavy bands to pay homage to '70s Detroit muscle, most approach it with grimacing bombast thicker than a ChargerĂs exhaust. However, the first track, "Champagne Minivan," the band introduces us to the ultimate goofball party ride, complete with portable freezers, blenders and an in-dash lipstick holder. Other tracks, such as "Bare Knuckle Love" and "Kill You in the Face," continue the iconic parade of karate-chopping girls and bikers roaring into town, but with lyrical twists that inject daydream humor without introducing direct parody.

The sense of fun is maintained in the music as well. On "Even Now We Are Preparing to Love You," the guitarist actually sings "Ba da-da ba÷ over his own riff, perfectly anticipating what so many of us will do while alone in our cars. And unlike so many of their brethren, Puny Human opts not to use the big muff on every single track. The album begins with a two-minute guitar dance that conjures images of Diamond Dave cavorting about the Hollywood Bowl circa 1985.

But is it all fun and games? Not hardly. Following the comedic intro, "Minivan" drops a riff on your head as solid as anything Fu Manchu ever carved. Tracks such as "Greasin' the Wheel," "The Ox," and the space-crusher "B.I.B.L.E," are more than sufficient evidence that these guys can, indeed, rock ass.

Jeremy
August, 2003
musicspork.com

METAL RULES

4.5/5

Well itĂs time for another blast from Small Stone Records and this time itĂs the sophomore disc from a little powder keg of a band called Puny Human. I first heard the band on Small StoneĂs SUCKING THE 70S compilation where they covered ˘TravellinĂ Band÷. Trust me; itĂs a great cover of a great song. So when Small Stone sent me this album I was excited to hear it, and believe me, I havenĂt been disappointed!

To say the least, Puny Human seems obsessed with 70s culture, especially the B-Movie part of it. The album cover and booklet are rife with images that just scream of small budget flicks, giving the whole thing a very cool, fresh atmosphere. The music is equally impressive, the band rocking out like itĂs 1973 all over again, fuzzed out, brains addled by home-cooked chemistry, hot pants babes on the screen, car crashes and gun blazes, no end in sight. If that sounds like fun to you, stop reading now and go order this album.

Still need convincing? OK, fine. ˘Champagne Minivan÷ is the electric boogie that will have you banginĂ your head and shakinĂ your ass, Jim Starace hollering about mobile parties and the dangers thereof. ˘The Ox÷ sports a bass groove so deep it makes Geezer Butler circa Paranoid wish he played it. Beyond that, well, itĂs another 8 tracks of pure stoned euphoria.

This is just a damn good, damn fun album that makes no compunctions about wanting to do one thing: rock. Pick it up, strap it on, and let the fireworks commence.

Waspman
June, 2003

THE GLASS EYE

4/4 Eyes

Goddamn I love rock. There are a lot of bands out there that will swear all the way to the grave that they are a real rock n' roll band. That's all fine and good, but every now and then, I hear an album that just seems to place a band in a different league of rock. This would be the accomplishment of Puny Human with this album. It's so good it hurts. It's one of the most perfect heavy rock packages I've ever been lucky enough to hold in my hands. Enough slobbering, lemme give ya some details.

The first track, "Champagne Minivan", is the song that's been stuck in my head since my first listen. Plain and simple, one of the best choruses I've ever heard, alongside some heavy, mean-as-hell guitar work. From there on out, it's a steady flow of raw grooves and catchy hooks. "Greasin' The Wheel", "The Toos", and "Even Now We Are Preparing to Love You" are some of the standouts, even though the album is best experienced beginning to end. I don't know what planet guitarist Josh Diamond got his tone from, but producer (and former White Zombie guitar-man) J. Yuenger did a fine job getting it on tape. Bassist Jason Diamond also shows some sweetness with his instrument on "Witches Chasing Cabs". "Bare Knuckle Love" and "Kill You In The Face" may be two of the greatest song titles ever. The last track, "B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)" has a real Paranoid-era Sabbath vibe going on. It serves as a fine finish for a juggernaut of an album from a true rock band. This is the real deal. Listen and learn.

Jay Hathaway
June, 2003

OOR MAGAZINE (Holland)

This American foursome, in short, the Brothers Diamond (Josh on guitar and Jason on bass), supplemented with singer Jim Starace & MTV VJ Iann Robinson on drums, surprised us 2 years ago with their iron-strong debut Revenge Is Easy. One of the first stonerrock bands heard in the genre of Black Sabbath and psychedelica also able to write compact rock songs. Besides the artwork, the music is even cooler. Puny Human has aimed all its arrows at boogie rock and that works exceptionally well. Think of the bluesy work from Led Zeppelin and also the "All-American" music from Grand Funk Railroad & the Doobie Brothers, or a heavy rocking Lynyrd Skynyrd. furthermore, the band gave much thought to the performance of the 10 songs. They have grown to detailed miniatures with enslaving song lines (try not to hum "The Toos" after hearing it once). they swing from head to tail, with due to producer J. Yuenger, in that capacity also responsible for Fu Manchu's best album The Action Is Go. the only thing wrong about this cd: is that it isn't 20 minutes longer.

Danny Koks
May, 2003

ROADBURN MAGAZINE

Puny Human's latest effort shows a considerable growth and maturity over its predecessor, the much acclaimed "Revenge Is Easy." The band have fused sheer power, massive riffs and varied songwriting to come up with their own firebrand of rawk. Produced by J. Yuenger of White Zombie, the songs include elements of punk, 70's rock, indie and even some math rock --a few tracks sport a Helmet kinda vibe, evident in the fierce, repetitive guitar riffs. There are many changes of texture, style and pace, but all these elements are well balanced and flow seamlessly from one part into another, taking the listener on a rampage through downtown New York, Puny Human's home town. At times this rather overwhelming album sounds huge, compelling, aggressive. At others it fills your imagination with images of 70's B-action movies where fists of fury are swung, scores are settled, cars are wrecked, and the groovy chicks are hanging out.

Walter
May, 2003
roadburn.com

HIGH BIAS

Puny Human has no bio, and thus no hometown, no specific location on which to pin its no doubt-unholy genesis. Which is probably fine with the band, as it likely considers its home the open road, as long as the shoulder is dotted with houses of the road and ill repute kind. On It's Not the Heat, It's the Humanity, PH's big, loud rawk is the kind made for a Miller Lite sign and a beer-covered stage, preferably one surrounded by hot chicks in halter tops. And these boys give 'em what they got, what they're begging for, with Jim Starace's forceful vox, Iann Robinson's all-over-the-kit rhythms and monstrously fat riffs courtesy the Diamond brothers, guitarist Josh and bassist Jason. "Witches Chasing Cars," "The Ox" and "Greasin' the Wheel" cut a mighty swath, showing little weakness and less mercy, while Starace tries to convince the assembled lovelies that "Even Now We Are Preparing to Love You." (Note to Starace: if you're trying to line the groupies up by the dressing room door, declaring you'd like to "Kill You in the Face" doesn't count as a come-on.) Celebrating the joy of "Bare Knuckle Love" and the heartache of "B.I.B.L.E." (AKA "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth"), Puny Human crushes its enemies and rocks its friends. "Devil's Riff," indeed.

For fans of: Adam West, Atomic Bitchwax, Sixty Watt Shaman

Michael Toland
May, 2003

DAREDEVIL MAGAZINE

New Yorks best Heavy Rockers are back with their next hammer! Huge American Heavy-Rock with some Indie influences. You always find something new on this CD and I enjoyed the Hammond they?ve put into the songs. You can feel that these guys have a lot of fun doing their music, cause this is groovy and a lot of hidden surprises are in their music. A perfect album to do some deep listening, but also a party album to bang your head. The recording is fat?n loud and the perfect soundtrack for ride!!! Puny Human, a group you should keep an eye on and if you have the chance to see them live....f**ing do it!!! File under Heavy-Rock, but also Alternative and Indie fans should check this album out.

RB
April, 2003

STONERROCK.COM

Puny Human have a high energy sound that just pummels you with one rock and roll heavy ass riff after riff from the beginning right through the end of thisone. The riffs are busy all the way from the top with tons of changes but mostly straight forward head banging goodness from the get go.

Puny Human have been around for a while, I remember reviewing their debut release "Revenge is Easy" a while back and don't remember the material being quite as punishing as this latest release. The tunes have lots of changes within the songs but more of the riff/directional kind of change rather than totally throwing you off with some technical math stuff. It's all pretty fist throwing and doesn't really confuse you, although some of the changes are technically difficult. The guitars are nicely overdriven, the drums are rock solid (Ian Robinson from MTV News is on the kit slamming out the goodness) and the vocals are very melodic and strong, and get nice and gritty at the right times.

Musically it's a strange combination of a lot of styles, good ol' rock and roll with newer twists...down and dirty tuned down heavy doom tinged sludge riffs and enough changes to keep those attention deficit minds occupied listen after listen with part after layered part that seems to get missed the listen before...there is a lot to this record to ingest upon only one listen and that is for sure.

A lot of this stuff reminds me of a more rock and roll Helmet, there are a lot of cool little loop riffs that remind me of Helmet quite a bit, and the overall timing of a lot of the rhythms. The guitars have tons of tastefully done leads and one off parts that really make the overall vibe of this CD quite interesting.

If you dig hard rock, heavy rock, punk rock, indie rock or just rock in general, check out Puny Human. They have a pretty good handle on what rocking is all about and their sound is a lot more unique than the millions of stoner rock band wagon jumpers out there these days.

Rob Wrong
April, 2003
Stonerrock.com

WHITE TRASH DEVIL

Daaaang!

That was the only word I could think after hearing this album for the first time. I liked the first Puny Human record, Revenge Is Easy, a lot. I expected some more rhythmic bashing with nice tones, solid drum work and bizarre barking from this one.

What I got was a monster that hadn't changed it's stripes but had definitely beefed up and found it could do more than just pummel away at you. The riffs are more complex, the bass is more funky, the drum work is solid as ever, but more varied (lots of cymbals this time out), and the vocals are less barking and more singing. Yet it still somehow feels like the same band, mainly because the lyrics remain as fractured as ever.

Right from the get go, on "Champagne Minivan", you hear the new, more mature Puny Human play with a long (minute and forty some seconds) introduction before kicking into a bouncy little verse riff that leads to a sickeningly groovy chorus riff. Top it off with flashes of organ and you've got something that sounds about as different as a band can sound from one album to the next. It's rock, but it's an entirely different kind of rock from the first Puny Human album.

What's even cooler is the whole album is solid, there's no one song that jumps out because they're all about the same quality. Some of the riffs are more memorable ("Even Now We Are Preparing To Love You" has one), but this isn't 15 uneven tunes, it's ten well crafted songs. I've said it about other bands, if they'd just focus on ten songs instead of putting 15-17 songs on an album, the albums might be better. This is exactly what I'm talking about, this album works as a whole, there's no song I think wears out its welcome or just doesn't fit.

The lyrics are still on the other side of sanity, but goddamn this is a totally new kind of monster. It's a more refined, daring monster. It's also much more fun to listen to, as well. In fact I tried to listen to Revenge Is Easy after a few spins of this one and it doesn't stand up as well in comparison. It's not bad, but this is just so much more mature sounding.

Y'know, part of me would've loved to slag this record; that part of me that loves to lash out at MTV and it's employees, because MTV is a major part of the problem with the music industry today. But the truth is, Iann Robinson's band is really fucking good, and it annoys me. It annoys me because I'd much rather hear more from Puny Human than see Iann reporting on the flavor of the moment for MTV. But I guess Puny Human doesn't pay the bills.

Jam
March, 2003

STONERROCKCHICK.COM

Small Stone bands are always unique. They all have a certain level of heaviness, regardless of their style. But this one here is the catĂs piss for sure. Small StoneĂs mandate of putting out cool music in a cool package continues, with this 8 page glossy b-movie style throwback art setting up 10 songs of wickedly crafted heavy rock and roll. This is my first formal introduction for Puny Human, having never heard them before save for a few odd comp. tracks here and there, but this one has me clamouring to hear their first release.

˘Champagne Minivan÷ starts off the disc in true rock and roll fashion, launching right into a delirious guitar solo, rocking like say old David Wilcox or vintage Aerosmith before youĂve even hit the 2 minute mark. Initially, JimĂs vocals remind me of Neil Fallon ű in fact, I truly hear so many great rock and roll references on this album. The thing is, they come so fast and furious that itĂs almost impossible to pick them all out.

Like old Zombie? ˘The Action is Go÷ Fu Manchu? Then you are guaranteed to like this disc. J Juenger handles the production duties here as well, boosting up the band into arena-rock status, and arming them with a slick low-end guitar and bass tone, perfectly illustrated on ˘The Toos÷, a fucking rocker of a track that has the same upbeat strut as itĂs predecessor. JuengerĂs warm effects and giant wall of sound production is the perfect complement to the PunyĂs durable songwriting.

Cut to ˘The Ox÷ - a beast of a track, kicking in with a contagious bass and drum intro that moves into what sounds like old KISS or Ramones ű is it the power chords, or the visions in my head of reckless stage explosions clouding my judgement? Who knows, but this is one my fave tracks on the disc. ˘Even Now We Are Prepared to Love You÷ and the cowbell laced ˘Bare Knuckle Love÷ has that growly, Fallon-esque vocal delivery that I fucking love, but the quick tempo and busy guitar noodlings of the Diamond bros. set these guys in an entirely different league than CLUTCH. Not to be outdone, ˘B.I.B.L.E.÷ works well as the ultimate closer to this session, wreaking slow and heavy guitar judgement on us all.

IĂm finding it hard to keep this one out of my rotation, as this is one of those discs that truly sound better each and every time I hear it.

Nick Muc
March, 2003
Stonerrockchick.com

BULLY MAGAZINE

Puny Human's new album is just a heaving mass of sludge. Alright, bad way to start a review...but upon listening to "Champagne Minivan" with its boogie groove, fuzzed out guitars, and explosive vocals, I can't help but conjure up this image of the Blob in my head. This mountainous mass of punishing guitars and grooves that devours anything in its path.

All strange analogies aside, Puny Human are impressive for several reasons. The foremost is their attack - like a Detroit band laying everything to waste, these guys deliver a high energy sound on "Champagne Minivan," "Kill You In The Face," and "Greasin' The Wheel." The guitar playing obviously drives the tunes here. Guitarist Josh Diamond and bassist Jason Diamond do a great job of throwing off chunky riffs that are too groovy to defy on "The Toos" and "B.I.B.L.E." Tim Sult and Dan Maines of Clutch would be damn proud. Vocalist Jim Starace delivers an equal punch with the intensity of his singing; it has a presence to it much akin to guys like Neil Fallon and Pepper Keenan. While the lyrics may not mean all that much ("we got this ancient van that runs with no keys and, it's got a pair of stolen portable freezers, we're throwin bashes like they've gone outta season"), Starace still belts it out with a hearty dose of intensity.

A certain amount of credit for the impressiveness of the album has to go to producer J. Yuenger - right, the same one who played guitar for White Zombie. Yuenger does for the Puny Human sound exactly what he did for Fu Manchu on The Action Is Go. The guitars are beefed up, but also cleaned up so the fuzz doesn't keep you from hearing the actual notes. In addition, either through Yuenger's prodding or the band's own decision, they've ditched the samples and quirkiness that could be heard on Revenge Is Easy, producing a more streamlined and focused sound.

What's also incredible about Puny Human is that they don't keep falling back on the same songwriting style. Rather than giving us a Kyuss-meets-Sabbath stoner assault for ten songs or a Ramones-meets-The-MC5 punk explosion for an entire album, Puny Human is able to alter their sound to fit the style they want. The proof is in the track listing - tracks such as "Even Now We're Preparing To Love You" and "Bare Knuckle Love" are 70s rock to the bone, whereas "The Ox" and "Devil's Riff" owe more to the Stooges and the MC5 than they do to Sabbath or Thin Lizzy. This album has weight. It may have taken 2 * years for the band to get it together, but it was worth it.

Ken Wohlrob
March, 2003

LOLLIPOP MAGAZINE

Make another tick in the ˘win÷ column for Small Stone. Counting this monster, Small StoneĂs batting 1.000 on their last, oh, 12 releases or so. Simply stated, there is no better rock label going right now. Get up, get into it, and get informed at www.smallstone.com.

And now that IĂve finished polishing the labelĂs shoes with my saliva, onto the reason for the froth-mouthed chatter in the first place, which is this very fine Puny Human release. Following the two years gone debut gut-kick of Revenge Is Easy is a monolith which kicks the sophomore jinx in the ass just the same as it kicks yours. Fine though the debut was, ItĂs Not the HeatÓimproves in every manner upon it, stripping away the scant traces of hardcore and the slightly astringent quirkiness that bobbed to the surface from time to time throughout that discĂs playing time. The rock is brought forth just as mightily this time, but some of the rougher edges have been filed away, resulting in a smoother finished product. Some of this is thanks to J. YuengerĂs excellent production and the rest is because the bandĂs songwriting has grown significantly during these last two years, resulting in brutal, tightly constructed slabs like ˘GreasinĂ the Wheel.÷

But this ainĂt no abandonment. Puny Human forged the beginnings of a unique sound on Revenge Is Easy and theyĂve tweaked and refined, resulting in a creation that remains loyal to that sound while also adding to it. Axe-slinger Josh DiamondĂs six-string work is as superb as ever while his brother JasonĂs busy, frustrated-guitar-player bass work rams things along nicely with the help of the kit-punishing bashings of drummer and MTV veejay Iann Robinson. Atop it all, more the focus than ever thanks in part to the production but mostly to the newly vocal-centric songs is lead singer and Michael Gross lookalike Jim Starace, who bellows with such force that his throat should, by all human standards, simply give out after 3 or so minutes. I have not seen the band live so I canĂt say whether this vocal sound is the result of studio trickery, but regardless, itĂs astonishing to hear. Suffice it to say that a single pass through ˘Kill You in the Face÷ will send you in search of a Sucret.

Just in case you donĂt have any issues of Leg Art handy for visual accompaniment, the boys in the band have beat you to it and sheathed this bad boy in a fantastic faux-70s exploitation movie-poster cover, all stylishly-rendered scantily-clad women with guns. ItĂs the perfect ribbon on a damn impressive package, the sorta thing you wanna lob in the face of every ˘rock is dead÷ dummy you meet, so make sure you keep a supply of 10-20 copies on hand at all times to pelt at non-believers.

Brian Varney
April, 2003

Album Tracks

  1. Champagne Minivan
  2. The Toos
  3. Greasin' the Wheel
  4. Devil's Riff
  5. The Ox
  6. Even Now We Are Perparing to Love You
  7. Witches Chasing Cabs
  8. Bare Knuckle Love
  9. Kill You in the Face
  10. B.I.B.L.E.

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