Broken Teeth and Streetwalkin Cheetahs
Reviewed by Jerry Renshaw, Fri., Oct. 11, 2002
Broken TeethGuilty Pleasures (Killingbird)
Broken Teeth/Streetwalkin' CheetahsIn Rock We Trust (ChangesOne) For all those who look to AC/DC as the Holy Grail of hard rock, Broken Teeth keeps heads banging and fires burning. Dangerous Toy/GMC frontman Jason McMaster hangs up his bass to take on Bon Scott's constipated screech, and on Guilty Pleasures, the band's second disc, he does it justice on songs like "Devil Money" and "High on Danger." It'd be easy to picture guitarist Jared Tuten in Angus Young's schoolboy outfit, and even the production sounds like the Aussie band in their prime; snarling Gibsons, drums nice and loud, McMaster's voice holding the whole thing together. "Down to the Fire" pushes into Motorhead territory, while "Second Hand" accentuates the blues, but then again, the title track actually has "Oi" in the chorus, so there. The Teeth's split disc with L.A.'s stooges the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs (three songs each), finds both bands rocking with equal ferocity, yet coming at it from completely different directions. The Cheetahs offer up "When God and the Devil Agree," a tune that relies more on chord changes than a repetitive groove, and the excellent "Strangled by Love." They're a veteran punk rock band (with the emphasis on "rock") that's head 'n' shoulders above most of their contemporaries, with over-amped production and gruff-but-tuneful vocals. Their adrenaline-driven style is a good complement to Broken Teeth's testosterone OD, and you'll find yourself wanting more after the six songs are up.