Too Big to Fail (Super Secret Records)
Reviewed by Kevin Curtin, Fri., Aug. 17, 2012
Flesh LightsToo Big to Fail (Super Secret Records)
Marry the MC5's attitude on "Kick Out the Jams" with the chord progression from Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" and throw in the pitchy whoa-oh-oh vocals of early Misfits. Run it through a low-pass filter and there you have it, the Flesh Lights' Too Big To Fail. You practically get sprayed with spit flying out of bassist Jeremy Steen's mouth as he barks cocky lyrics, and drummer Elissa Ussery ramps up the local punk trio's hysteria with an ever-accelerating tempo. Bookend this red-hot and green double-vinyl EP with closer "Lens," which boasts a Nuggets candy coating, pervy lyrics, and redemptive chorus: "You're a lens and I'm looking right through you." Ear-tickling lyrics, great guitar work, and combustive performances make these 14 inches of vinyl an unpolished prize.