Last year the outstanding radio show ART FOR SPASTICS gave me my first taste of Los Angeles band the SILVER DAGGERS, and I very much liked what I heard. I know Iâ€™m lazy, and do this all the time, but why repeat myself â€“ hereâ€™s what I wrote about them in March 2006:
â€œLos Angelesâ€™ SILVER DAGGERS are part of a new breed of exploratory, pummeling agit-noise acts operating on the NOT NOT FUN label, and for my money, and based on the evidence, theyâ€™re the best of â€˜em. This EP from last year is a strange mix of aggressive, guitar-heavy EX-style sturm und drang, and freeform honking and tooting. Since theyâ€™ve taken their name from an ELECTRIC EELS song, Iâ€™m sure youâ€™re as curious as I was to know which era Eels theyâ€™re emulating. The early â€œAgitatedâ€, â€œCyclotronâ€, â€œRefrigeratorâ€ Eels? Or the later â€œPleasure Boatingâ€, â€œSpin Age Blastersâ€ Eels? Iâ€™d have to go with the latter, given the jarring sax and clarinet all over this EP, and if thereâ€™s not a serious STYRENES fan in the band then Iâ€™ll be damned. The lead track â€œWe Didnâ€™t Payâ€ is a monster, and has got to be a nutbuster live for all of its 75 seconds of pound. This one in particular should win the band fans from those who refuse to believe that Amphetamine Reptile are no longer putting out records. Heads up on this bunch â€“ I suspect theyâ€™re not done wowing us quite yetâ€
So here they are with a brand-new CD on Load Records called â€œNew High & Ordâ€, and itâ€™s got quite a bit of pummel to go round. The EX comparison is far more evident, even though I think even The Ex would not stoop to title a song â€œGovernkkkâ€, even during the â€œNo war/no KKK/no fascist USAâ€ Reagan era. But thatâ€™s just kids being kids, right? Itâ€™s a solid CD â€“ and I still havenâ€™t seen them live. Here are my two favorite tracks (so far).