The screamed-out vocals that open up â€œReign Lunacyâ€ seem to be the perfect match for the super-sonic guitar licks that will remind listeners of both Fu Manchu and Queens of the Stone Age. Thus, â€œChaos or Bustâ€ opens up with a very familiar type of sound that will allow a high amount of cross-over. The repetition of the drum beat on â€œCrapple Pieâ€ really give the disc a different flavor, to the point that the song only can be compared to the other fare on the disc through the very White Zombie-like sound of the chugging guitars on the track. The vocals do more than just take on a Lemmy flair at points; there is a consistent use of a Primus-like tenor on â€œChaos or Bustâ€.
â€œLove to Hateâ€ shows that The Cooters can take many different paths to the ultimate goal of creating a track; the lo-fi sound of the track mixes really early Nirvana with the aural sneer of Jimmy Pop (Bloodhound Gang) while still keeping a metal-influenced brand of rock as a referent. The first unqualified hit for The Cooters come during â€œBustinâ€™ Looseâ€, where the duty for creating a harmony is taken from the instruments on the track and given part and parcel to the vocals. The vocals do more than stand up to this challenge but actually thrive; using a Misfits-brand of chorus and a guitar solo, this is by far the biggest hit for The Cooters. Again changing their general sound, â€œThe Waffle House Rockâ€ brings the band to the realm of acts like Mojo Nixon and the Nekromantix â€“ that is to say, The Cooters come up with a country meets rockabilly track that will ring around in listenersâ€™ head well after the track releases its grip on listenersâ€™ ears.
It is only The Cooters that could conceivably do such a straight-on cover of Motorheadâ€™s classic â€œAce of Spadesâ€, a nice start to a set of covers that also includes â€œStatic Ageâ€ (The Misfits) and â€œA Hell on Earthâ€ (Discharge). The arrangement of the disc is interesting in that the band cuts a bunch of their own song before going to a cover-heavy format. This is not to say that the general sound of the band changes much; each of the covers on â€œChaos or Bustâ€ really is subjugated to the general Cooters sound. An energetic disc that will never listener down, â€œChaos or Bustâ€ should be a buy.
Top Tracks: The Waffle House Rock, Crapple Pie
The Cooters â€“ Chaos or Bust / 2006 Profane Existence / 12 Tracks / http://www.thecooters.com / http://www.profaneexistence.com / Reviewed 02 March 2006