SATAN’S SATYRS

The Lucky Ones BAD OMEN

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South­ern US retro-rock­ers trip out with greater clar­ity

These shaggy Vir­gini­ans have been grad­u­ally hon­ing a psy­chotropic scuzzbucket sound that started out in 2010 like Black Flag and Elec­tric Wizard mo­tor­bik­ing around Spahn Ranch on brown acid. On their fourth lP, Satan’s Satyrs swag­ger with cock­sure rock hero­ism to­wards wider hori­zons. If their pre­vi­ous records some­times felt like a ragged free-for-all, tip­ping over into chaotic de­range­ment, The Lucky Ones brings some con­trol, dis­ci­pline and lu­cid­ity – even some melody – to bear on SS’s fuzz-en­crusted freak­out trip, with catchier tunes and punchier sound echo­ing more ac­ces­si­ble spir­its like Hel­la­copters or Fu Manchu. Clay­ton’s vo­cals are more up­front and charis­matic, mu­si­cal ideas are more fully formed, and there’s a dirty bub­blegum streak un­der­pin­ning ele­phan­tine floor-fillers like You And Your Boots and Pulp Star, as well as a pre­dom­i­nant hip­swing­ing mid-tempo that goes straight for the heart, soul and balls. FOR FANS OF: CATHE­DRAL, ECLEC­TIC WIZARD, BLUE CHEER

CHRIS CHANTLER

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