Reviewed by Francesca Camillo, Fri., Jan. 23, 2009
WoozyhelmetGet Down (Soda Pop Sounds)
Woozyhelmet has distilled some of the late-night debauchery since its house-party debut back in 1997. From the trio's thrashy post-punk naying now radiate traces of New Wave, Pavement, the Dead Milkmen, and the Pixies on Get Down, the group's third full-length. They catapult into brief Fugazi-esque opener "New Bear" and follow with a barrage of lighthearted, googly eyed tunes about being fucked up, indie rock karaoke, airline eye candy, and other barmy tendencies. Octopus Project's Toto Miranda hardly tiptoes into the booming intro for "If Not for Pants" when guitarist/singer Jay Crossley steps out to meet him, ruminating on thoughts of arson and being thankful. Meanwhile, the sunny melodies of the Beach Boys intersect with apoplectic guitar bursts and Brandi DiPietro's firm fingering in "We Support the Italian Stewardesses." With each indulgent and pardoning listen, this album edges closer into your daily rotation.