Sons of Hercules

When making 45s, you take a glob of petroleum poison, and squash it flat with the silver master-recording. Voila! Instant record, which means they crank these babies out faster than hand-bills. This is precisely what we expect from San Antonio's Sons of Hercules, who were born to crank out buttloads of exciting, two-minute rave-ups, and whose new Unclean 7-inch, "Spittin' Fire" b/w "Snake People," with its glorious picture sleeve (and green vinyl), is as priceless a musical experience as anything on those ol' Beatles pic-sleeve singles you've got collecting dust in the garage. Gomez falls into this same category -- as well as the punk rock music one -- only their full-color sleeve is actually printed on the record, and while this may be more impressive than the two songs on the Scooch Pooch picture disc, fans of the Austin trio won't be disappointed with "23" or "Pocketrocket, dishrag." Sleeve art's kept to a Xerox minimum on the Furry Things' "Still California" b/w "Car Songs Unlimited" out on the local Trance Syndicate label now. The A-side's a fuzzy yet tuneful, Sixteen Deluxe-sounding possible paean to the Mama's & Papa's "California Dreamin" while their "Car" is almost, but not quite a song -- yet again, it's tuneful, very tuneful. Trance didn't even bother with a sleeve on a clear vinyl split from the long-departed Cherubs and the Fuck Emos -- you might remember the same two bands splitting space on an Unclean single last year. The Cherubs do their usual death slog through the distortion-on-ten version of Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" while the Fuck Emos slow-slam through one of their better songs, "Do You Wanna Dance?" Do I? Only if there's still vinyl in your jukebox, honey. -- Raoul Hernandez "7 and 7 is" reviews local and national 7" singles. Send to: "7 and 7 is," The Austin Chronicle, PO Box 49066, Austin, TX 78765.

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