Artist: X-Ray Mary
Album: Electroshock Therapy
X-Ray Mary struts and swaggers with the opening salvo of “Devil in Boots”; and lets us know that we are in for a good time, as we travel through the weird and wild adventure of Electroshock Therapy.
That next trip takes up back the sound of New Wave on, “Guns Don’t Kill”. With an infectious groove and lyrical madness, X-Ray Mary paints a picture of insanity.
And if the New Wave vibe lulled you into what you thought this album was going to be like, then the hard left of, “Amputee”, should wake you up. This hard-charging punker swerves into psycho-surf like a drunken motorist only to find its way back to the center lane and end with a pounding crescendo.
Speaking of Surf, X-Ray Mary off the deep end of the genre with, “Wanda and the Creature”. A simple love song, as viewed through the hazy glaucoma eyes of the band.
It wouldn’t be an X-Ray Mary album without B-Movie Sci-Fi themes. We get them aplenty in, “Zombies from Outer Space.” Just a day in the life of an attack from these invaders from the outer limits. What will the outcome be? You’ll just have to listen and find out.
What goes better with Cigarettes? If you said, “Coffee”, you’re wrong. Why would you even say that? Everyone knows it is sex, and so does X-Ray Mary. So, let them school you in it on the track, “Cigarettes and Sex”. I mean, c’mon, it’s in the title, for crying out loud. Jeez! That’s it! I’m out of here! You can finish the review on your own!
(Loud footsteps sound out and slowly become quieter. In the distance, a door slams shut. A car starts and revs its engine. It revs a few more times. Indistinct swearing is heard. A car turns off. In the distance, a door opens. Quiet footsteps become increasingly louder.)
The album ends with the rockers, “Eat at Joe’s” and “Nurse Diesel”. “Eat at Joe’s” seems to be rolling along like normal until…is that a Theremin? Yes, yes, it is. That’s right boys and girls, a Theremin solo in the middle of a punk song.
To cap off the album they close with, “Nurse Diesel”. Not only do we get our title for the record, but we get a fuzzed-out octave up solo at the end. If you open with swagger, you might as well end with some.
Electroshock Therapy is not your average punk rock album. It takes many twists and turns and in the end, is a worthwhile sonic trip. So, check it out before you check-in.
Listen here: https://speakuprecords.bandcamp.com/album/electroshock-therapy