7 and 7 is

How lo can you go? No one limbos lo-fier than the Memphis Goons, four geeks from guess where?, whose love of Beefheart in the Seventies led to much 4-track jerking in the privacy of their living room. Two decades later Craig Koon is the first living mortal to like the tangle on tape, and voila, a 4-songer of non-produced noise on Rise that, at times, sounds like Roky Erickson - "ChopChopChopChopChopChop" especially. Scary how fast it gets under your toenails, though. "Hide," the A-side of the Furry Things new 7-inch - also from Rise - hooks you in fast enough to know it's instant 101X fodder (though probably bound for KVRX) with its pretty Sixteen Deluxe pop furnace blast, but then you spend the next 12 listens wishing the production wasn't lo-fi. Still, it's easy to see why Rise and Trance Syndicate are tug o' warring over this Austin band. The production is great on Hollowbody's new 45 (Pressing), but this local band's songs could use some tweaking; "Front" never quite comes together, and "Swan Song" is saved only by great lyrics that'll make you wince every time you get off to "Freebird." Songs and production come together on the Dropouts recent Unclean single, with the San Antonio psychobilly quartet alternately choogalooing and psycho-surfing through a couple of gems. Good garage noises, which is what "lo-fi" used to be called before rockers turned into geeks and moved outta the garage and into the house. - Raoul Hernandez

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