Reviewed by Darcie Stevens, Fri., June 11, 2004
MigasHits-n-Mrs. (Perverted Son/Violent Hippy)
They titled it, not us. Stalwart local indie Perverted Son, hand in hand with Seattle's newborn Violent Hippy, has amassed 32 minutes of Migas' heavy-handed stoner rock rarities and packaged them into a hand-printed, limited-edition CD. The trouble with the album isn't the rock; God knows Jason Morales, Don Stewart, and Erik Conn are well-versed in that arena. It isn't the cameos by Moonlight Towers' James Stevens, Young Heart Attack's Frenchie Smith, and three-quarters of Trail of Dead. They're all a welcome addition to Migas' pounding beats. Hits' problem is the sequencing, and the fact that the 11 tracks span four years and five studios. So many transitions, not enough segues. That's understandable if the songs meshed in this order, but seeing as the disc is already a collection of Migas' spare tires, they're lost in the shuffle. That said, the older tracks furiously beat metal ("Expose," "Fancan," "Lady Slayer") as only the Morales-Stewart duo can. Jason Reece's vox on "Quietslap" is creepy, while buddies Kevin Allen and Neil Busch's contributions on the aptly titled "Trail of Migas" help twist up a fatty out of Morales and Stewart's schwag. The latter's angst-ridden vox on "Should I Call?" is the real "hit" on Hits-n-Mrs., a track recorded in January 2002. It's not that the others don't resound, it's just that as a whole, Hits-n-Mrs. misses more than it hits.