Electric (Tex-Tone / Cargo)
Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., Feb. 15, 2008
Broken TeethElectric (Tex-Tone/Cargo)
Sweet: the point at which a band begins transcending its influences. Austin hard rock quintet Broken Teeth has screeched first-generation AC/DC from its first blown amp, and like the Cult breakthrough of the same title, Electric pounds thrillingly no-frills. Produced by the band, its ferocious, two-guitar duck walk raunches with all the serrated inevitability of an outboard motor. The rip chord pulled on opener "Roll Over" dials up "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Let There Be Rock," but to the song's credit, the rest of its 150-second rush doesn't. More overt are Jared Tuten and David Beeson firing up "Blood on the Radio," box set nod "Bonfire," and the ois of "Hangin' by the Skin." Even then, however, Electric pulses its own personality, frontman Jason McMaster drawing his nails across the band's tattooed upbeat. Amped-up guitar geyser "She's Gonna Blow," "Devil Money," and longtime Broken Teeth gold crown, "Undertaker," thrust under their own power. Make that powerage.