If I could hire my own personal Kool-Aid man to come crashing through the sheet rock every time life got boring and instantly spice everything the Fuck up it would be The Naked Heroes; cause those a-holes might have made one of the best good time rock n' roll records I have heard since the 80s. This might come as a shocker to some of our younger readers1 but there was once a time when rock sounded like whiskey and blow jobs instead of $65 bottles of wine, self pity and literature best suited for college freshman. With Demon The Whiskey Down, The Naked Heroes recapture this energy, and revamp it with 2012 sensibilities.
The effect is dazzling.
In a lot of ways this two-piece reminds me of a much more fun version of The White Stripes. They are super striped down rift heavy throw back rock but where the White Stripes went all Iggy and the Stooges meets the self importance of grunge these guys went all MC5 cuddling with the rebellious fun spirit of early Joan Jett and The Black Hearts. The mix of heavy and frenetic riffs and the clap your hands call and response choruses makes me smile like I just downed to 7 Old Milwaukees and 4 whippits. It is as charming as it is exciting. It makes me want to tie a brick to a teddy bear and throw it through the window of the 7/11 down the block and then go back to my girlfriend’s house and drink all the booze in her dad’s liquor cabinet.
George Michael Jackson's voice is like a hacksaw cutting through a rum cake, and has that same powerful but growly quality that dudes like Kevin Dubrow and Sebastian Bach had if they were in a coke fueled orgy with Kurt Brecht of DRI. His guitar playing is so in the fucking pocket that I kept checking for my wallet to make sure he wasn't pilfering funds to buy those recent divorces at the TGIFridays watered down appletinis. Merica Lee's drumming is so fucking steady and it lays down the perfect style and groove for Demon The Whiskey Down, pretty much embodying the raucous vibe and feeling very much like a live action version of Animal from The Muppets; all hair, elbows and big dick swinging badassery.
In a lot of ways The Naked Heroes remind me of the summer between junior and senior year of high school. It makes you feel unbreakable, on top of the world and like you could drink all night, sleep all day and slip a digit in anyone who caught your eye.
You can get your dirty paws on Demon The Whiskey Down at The Naked Heroes Site.
1I’m looking at you Tom