Electric Aborigines (Ecstatic Peace)
For all the Brooklyn bands evoking (sigh) the glory days of yesteryear -- usually 1983 -- only Awesome Color, a Bushwick trio by way of Ann Arbor, traces those glory days back to the maximum R&B of late '60s-early '70s Detroit, when Iggy and the Stooges and the MC5 streamlined rock and roll into a proto-punk snarl that seemed forever on the verge of throwing a rod. Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. have christened AC next-school noise torch-bearers; the elder statesmen have taken the trio on tours and Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label is releasing this debut. From the first cut, AC bear the torch brilliantly. The opener, "Eyes of Light" is the Stooges at light-speed, a warm swarm of big-muffed guitar and a sick beat, with singer-guitarist Derek Stanton doing his best 1969-era Iggy. Like crack, it's that first hit that's the best, and like Awesome Color themselves, we keep chasing that first sonic high with diminishing returns as the album goes on. But AC's promising stabs at post-Nirvana post-punk ("Outside Tonight") and garage shimmy ("Come and Dance") sound like something that can only get better with age and songwriting, though I'd settle for a little more speed and volume.