After “Woom Toom”, their debut cdr on Inyrdisk, the Canadian duo of Greydn (Wolfcow, Infinite Godzillas) and Randy G. (Man-Made Hill, Disguises, Cave Dudes) strike again with a parody of ZZ Top’s “Afterburner” album. Thing is, however, that while imitating artwork and title, they don’t sound like the veteran stadium rock beards at all, but more like an all-out attack straight out of the Finders Keepers archive. While it’s almost impossible to describe the tracks on “Afterbirther” in one sentence, it’s safe to say that the general sound isn’t too far away from a 70s horror soundtrack, think Jean-Pierre Massiera, but stashed away because it was too out there.
Warbling synths, disjointed percussion and totally detached vocals combine to form songs like “thlog-siox”, “Goggle High” or “Hybrid Thor Secretions”. Anything goes, which isn’t always enjoyable listening. But just when I thought, halfway through the b side, I had “Afterbirther” figured out, “Ancient Ontario” blew me away: a track that sounds like playing Sisters of Mercy to somebody who’s playing Nintendo, and taping it. What a killer tune, what an eroded indie pop monolith. Limited to at least 26 (that’s the number on my copy), and, it seems, still available. 7/10 -- Jan-Arne Sohns (3 February, 2010)